The fire at the Windimurra vanadium beneficiation plant was caused by hot metal coming into contact either with the lining of a screen or a rubber skirt, parent company Atlantic Ltd has said in its monthly production update.
“Investigations indicate that the fire started inside the hopper of screen 3 within the beneficiation plant when hot metal from an oxy-acetylene cutting process or the hot ends of cut bolts came into contact with the lining of the screen or a rubber skirt,” Atlantic said.
“From this source, flames moved through the beneficiation plant by direct impact or by radiant heat to combustible materials.”
Atlantic owns Midwest Vanadium Pty Ltd (MVPL), which operates the Windimurra vanadium project in Australia. The fire happened at the beneficiation plant on February 4.
There were no injuries as a result of the fire and the plant was not operating at the time, as it was...