OUTOTEC will deliver its iron ore pelletizing technology to India after receiving an order from a customer for the design and delivery of an iron ore pelletizing plant to be constructed in northeast India. The value of the order is approximately EUR70 million and it was to be booked in Outotec’s second quarter 2014 order intake.

Outotec’s scope of delivery includes technology for a travelling grate pelletizing plant, engineering, key process equipment as well as erection and commissioning services. Once operational the plant will annually produce 4 million tonnes of iron ore pellets to be used as raw material for steel production.

The new pellet plant will be built adjacent to one of the oldest mine sites in India. It will allow recycling of low value iron ore fines and slimes for conversion to value added products. Outotec has delivered nearly 70 pelletizing plants worldwide and about two thirds of global pellet production derives from Outotec travelling grate process.

“We are happy to share our vast pelletizing expertise with this customer to turn waste into products and thus improve their profitability. This is a very unique effort towards sustainability in India, where environmental awareness is rapidly rising,” says Outotec’s Metals, Energy & Water business area president Robin Lindahl. “Also, this is our largest order in the extremely cost-conscious Indian market and indicates that there is demand for our innovative and sustainable solutions.”

Meanwhile, Outotec also announces that it has agreed with Tomra Sorting GmbH to cooperate in the supply of Outotec-branded sorting solutions for the mining and metallurgical industry. This will lead to an expansion in Outotec’s comminution product portfolio.

Tomra Sorting is a leader in sorting technology, setting the bar for sensor-based sorting. By combining Tomra’s sorting equipment and Outotec’s comprehensive application and comminution expertise, Outotec says customers will be offered energy-efficient process solutions which help increase productivity, decrease costs and thereby extend the life of mining operations and increase the overall value of deposits.

Sorting is used to separate ore from waste rock at mine sites. Tomra’s sensor-based sorters can reduce specific energy consumption by 15%, as well as reduce the amount of water used by three to four cubic metres per tonne of ore. Although sorting is a rather new technology in the metal mining industry, it is a proven concept in industrial minerals processing, recycling and demanding food industry. Tomra has sold approximately 10,000 devices for these industries worldwide.

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