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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Middle East & Asia: September 26th 2005


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:: Outokumpu Technology to Deliver a New Copper Plant to China

Outokumpu Technology has been awarded a contract by Yanggu Xiangguang Copper Company for a greenfield copper production plant to be built in Yanggu county in Shangdong province, China. The contract value exceeds EUR 50 million.

The copper production in Yanggu will be based on Outokumpu's technology, including Flash Smelting process, Kennecott-Outokumpu Flash Converting process, anode casting shop, tankhouse, and sulphuric acid plant.

Outokumpu Technology's scope of supply includes licenses, basic engineering and proprietary equipment for both flash smelting and flash converting, delivery of a TM18 anode casting shop, all tankhouse machinery with Outokumpu stainless Permanent Cathodes, as well as engineering and key equipment for a sulphuric acid plant. Nanchang Engineering & Research Institute of Nonferrous Metals (NERIN) is in charge of the local engineering and project implementation.

In the first phase, the new plant will have the capacity of 200,000 tonnes of copper cathodes per year, and it is planned to be expanded up to 400,000 tonnes.

"This significant order from the demanding Chinese markets proves that our renowned Flash Smelting technology combined with Kennecott-Outokumpu Flash Converting is the leading technology in copper production, when cost-effectiveness, energy-efficiency and environmental soundness are the requirements. This deal further shows that Outokumpu Technology masters the whole process chain from smelting and off-gas treatment up to electrorefined high quality copper with seamless integration of various technologies", says Tapani Jarvinen, President & CEO of Outokumpu Technology.

This contract also means a breakthrough of Outokumpu's new electrorefining concept, in which high quality Outokumpu Permanent Cathodes made of special stainless steel in Outokumpu's Tornio plant are used to maximize the productivity of the refinery.

The advanced sulphuric acid plant to be built in Yanggu with LUREC high sulphur dioxide processing system will be the first-of-its-kind in China.




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