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MEI Online: Pyrometallurgy: Latest News: December 11th 2006


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:: Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) Awards Contract for New Brazilian Ferronickel Facility

FFE Minerals, the FLSmidth Group's mining and minerals systems arm, has been awarded a contract for over USD 90m to supply critical process machinery for a ferronickel facility to Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), the Brazilian mining giant. The USD 1.3b Onca Puma facility, which is to process ferronickel from lateritic ores based on FFE Minerals short kiln technology, is to be built in the Paragominas state in northern Brazil.

The project, which will be carried out in cooperation between FFE Minerals' Brazilian office and the American head office, includes the following principal machinery - complete pyro systems with two rotary dryers and two of the world's largest rotary kilns, ABON primary crushers and a complete coal grinding plant. In addition, several FLSmidth subsidiaries will be participating in the project, notably FLSmidth Airtech with electrostatic precipitators and bag filters, Pfister with coal distribution systems, and FLSmidth Brazil with the electrical engineering for the entire pyro plant.

The facility, which is expected to be ready for operation in the fourth quarter of 2008, will feature optimized technology based on pilot plant trials undertaken at the FFE Minerals USA test centre in the spring of 2004. Additionally, the experience and fuel efficiency achieved with short kiln technology in two similar ferronickel projects paved the way for FFE Minerals winning the contract. The order will contribute beneficially to FLSmidth's earnings until the plant is commissioned in 2008.




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