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Outotec to deliver copper smelting and converting technology to China  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; www.outotec.com) has been awarded a contract by Guangxi Jinchuan Non-Ferrous Metals Co. for the design and delivery of a greenfield copper production plant to be built in the Fangchenggang port area near Bei Hai in Southern China. The contract value exceeds €30 million. Outotec’s scope of delivery includes operating licenses for both Outotec Flash Smelting and Kennecott-Outotec Flash Converting technologies, basic engineering and delivery of proprietary equipment for smelting and converting, anode casting shop as well as spare parts. In the first phase, the annual capacity of the smelter will be 400,000 metric tons of cathode copper and it is expected to be commissioned in early 2013. Outotec Flash Smelting combined with Kennecott-Outotec Flash Converting is said to be the cleanest copper smelting method available. Outotec Flash Smelting Process makes use of the reaction heat of concentrate and no external fuel is needed. Owing to low volume of process gas and sealed equipment, a total of 99.9% of the sulfur can be captured. Even the discard slag from the process is in stable form and used in road construction or in other land-filling applications causing no environmental burden.   There…
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