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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Middle East & Asia: November 14th 2003


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:: Outokumpu Partners with Tata

Outokumpu Technology Physical Separation Division signed an agreement on September 21st with Tata Steel and Iron Company to conduct a full feasability study of their minerals sands prospect in the State of Tamil Nadu, India.

Tata was granted the prospecting license and consent from the existing landowners for an area of 80 square kilometers. Tata firmly believes that titanium has tremendous potential in India's economic development

The project will be completed in two phases. Phase One involves geological exploration, resource evaluation, preparation of mining schemes, metallurgical test work for mineral separation and ilmenite upgrading, financial analysis and the techno-economic viability of the project. Phase One is scheduled for completion in 20 months.

The Physical Separation Division will manage a team comprised of Pincock, Allen and Holt (USA), Outokumpu-Lurgi (Germany) and Larsen and Toubro (India).

A positive outcome of the study is likely to lead to future mining and an ilmenite beneficiation plant capable of generating products for further upgrading into synthetic rutile or titanium slag. The development of a metallurgical plant for producing the ultimate product, TiO2 pigment, remains a future possibility.

"This project illustrates the totally integrated systems solutions approach Outokumpu offers to the titanium minerals and industrial mineral, and metallurgical industries. Outokumpu has, and continues to, sharpen its extensive in-house expertise in related technologies and customer-orientated management skills." said Bo Arvidson, President of the Physical Separation Division.




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