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:: Outokumpu Technology to Supply the World's Largest Pellet Indurating Furnace for Samarco

Outokumpu Technology has signed a contract for the turnkey delivery of a pellet indurating furnace for Samarco Mineração S.A., the world's second largest seaborne exporter of iron ore pellets. The total contract value exceeds USD 200 million (EUR 170 million).

The new plant will be installed at Samarco's iron ore port in Ponta Ubu, Espírito Santo, Brazil. Once operational at the end of 2007, the plant will treat 7.25 million tonnes of iron ore per year, which makes it the largest in the world.

Outokumpu Technology's scope covers the entire engineering, supply, construction and start-up of the pellet indurating furnace. Approximately 80% of the services and supplies will be of Brazilian origin with a maximum content sourced from the state of Espírito Santo.

"This deal confirms our position as a leading technology partner for the iron and steel industry - especially in Brazil, one of the world's largest iron ore producers. Outokumpu's traveling grate technology, originally developed and designed by Lurgi, is already being used successfully in nine Brazilian pelletizing plants", comments Tapani Järvinen, CEO of Outokumpu Technology.

The new plant will comply with the latest environmental regulations. Besides the indurating furnace with a grate area of 768m², the plant will consist of a double deck roller screen, a hearth-layer screen, six process gas fans and four electrostatic precipitators to minimize its environmental impact. It will feature leading edge measuring and control technology and will be the first pelletizing plant in Brazil with an integrated expert system for an optimized plant operation right from the start-up.




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