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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Middle East & Asia: March 9th 2006


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:: Ausmelt Wins Major Contract with Chinese Nickel Producer

Ausmelt Limited (AET) has won a major contract to provide technology for a new nickel smelting plant to be built by Jilin Nickel Group (Jilin), China’s second largest nickel producer. The contract will deliver revenues to Ausmelt in excess of $5 million over the next 18 to 24 months.

Design work will start immediately. The smelter, in the Jilin Province of China, will be designed to treat approximately 220,000 tonnes a year of nickel-copper concentrates and 55,000 tonnes a year of nickelcopper oxide material. It will also recycle materials from the process.

This is the company’s second commercial-scale nickel smelting project. In July 2005 Ausmelt won a smelter and converter contract with China’s largest nickel producer.

The new contract covers provision of nickel smelting technology, engineering and commissioning services and equipment supply.

The President of Jilin Nickel Group Limited, Mr Chai Lianzhi, said: “This co-operation between Ausmelt and Jilin Nickel is very important for the future of our company and we are anticipating a successful collaboration on the project. We believe that the adoption of Ausmelt technology will also be important to Ausmelt’s future in the nickel industry."

Ausmelt’s Managing Director, Mr Paul Abbott, said: “The project is financially significant for Ausmelt and reinforces the technical superiority of TSL technology for nickel.

“The fact that Ausmelt has won contracts with China’s two largest nickel producers in the past eight months provides further evidence that our TSL technology offers both economic and environmental advantages."

Ausmelt will work closely with Jilin and the Nanchang Engineering and Research Institute of Nonferrous Industry (NERIN) to complete the project.

Ausmelt already has three of its plants operating in China for processing copper and tin.

“This is the third contract we have won this financial year - a record for the company," Mr. Abbott said. Apart from the two nickel plant contracts, Ausmelt also won a contract with Japan’s Dowa Mining Co. Ltd for a new smelting furnace to process a variety of scrap and waste materials."




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