Metso Outotec has signed a contract with Lynas Kalgoorlie Pty Ltd for the supply of a 110-metre long, 1500-tonne rotary kiln and combustion system for baking rare earth elements at its greenfield project in Western Australia. The contract for engineering and supply of the kiln is valued at approximately A$21.6 million (US$15 million). Commissioning of the kiln is expected to take place in 2022.
“We are excited at having been selected by Lynas as a key supplier for the development of its significant greenfield project in Western Australia. Metso Outotec’s rotary kiln system forms an integral part for the processing of rare earths,” said Stephan W. Kirsch, president, Minerals business area, Metso Outotec.
The companies will work together to develop a rotary kiln system for Lynas’ new greenfield cracking & leaching plant in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The plant will process concentrate from the Mount Weld mine and provide an intermediate feed for further processing to produce NdPr (neodymium and praseodymium), which are key elements used in high-tech consumer electronics and green energy technologies.
Commenting on the award, Lynas CEO and Managing Director Amanda Lacaze, said: “The kiln is the longest lead time item for our Kalgoorlie project and placing this order is an important milestone in the development of our new processing plant in Kalgoorlie. The project is progressing to schedule and we look forward to working with Metso Outotec on the engineering and supply of the kiln.”