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MEI Online: Commodities: Non-Metallic Ores: Chromite: Latest News: January 28th 2014


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:: Outotec Greens Tata Steel’s Chromite Production


Outotec has agreed with Tata Steel on the delivery of technology to separate chromite from waste materials left over after extraction of the mineral from ore in Sukinda, Orissa, India. The value of the contract for this beneficiation of chromite tailings has not been disclosed. Tata Steel is committed to the reduction of the carbon footprint of its operations by at least 20 per cent in the coming ten years.

Outotec's beneficiation technology will support Tata Steel with this initiative by enabling the use of a tailings deposit as a raw material source for the production of chromite concentrate. Outotec's delivery includes basic and detail engineering, technology, process equipment and services for plant erection, start-up, commissioning, and operator training. The plant is scheduled to be operational by mid 2015 and has an annual throughput of approximately 400,000 tonnes.

"With modern technology it is possible to extract metals from tailings", says Kalle Härkki, President of Outotec's Minerals Processing business area. "Using tailings as raw material eliminates the need for an energy intensive comminution process, thus reducing the carbon footprint of the production substantially."




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