Metso and Outotec to supply solutions for CBA expansion

Metso Minerals will supply a bulk materials handling solution to CBA (Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio). The delivery will be completed within the first quarter of 2009 and is valued at approximately €12 million. The order comprises two bridge reclaimers, one stacker and six belt conveyors. Additionally, it includes electrical services, engineering, erection supervision, operator training, and start-up and commissioning services.

This is for the expansion of the bauxite stockyard located in Alumínio, State of Sâo Paulo, Brazil. With the expansion, CBA targets to increase its production from some 400,000 to 475,000 t/y of aluminium.  

Outotec has been awarded a contract for the supply of an alumina calcination plant, at a value exceeding €40 million. Outotec’s scope of delivery covers the engineering, supply and construction of a circulating fluid bed calcination plant with a capacity of 1,600 t/d of alumina. The start-up of the new plant is scheduled for June 2009.  

CBA belongs to Votorantim Group and is the biggest integrated aluminum manufacturer in the world, with a total annual production of 470,000 t of primary aluminum. The new unit will complement the two existing calcination plants, which Outotec delivered in 1984 and 1990, and it will guarantee sufficient supply of alumina also for CBA’s further expansion planned for a production of 570,000 t/y of aluminum by 2010.  

Outotec’s President and CEO Tapani Järvinen said: “This is our third alumina calciner delivery to the same customer. Our experience and reputation of offering first class alumina technology, combined with reliable project execution, helped to secure this contract and firmly establish Outotec’s position as one of the leading technology providers for the aluminum industry. In June we announced the delivery of two alumina calciners to Russia and several technology deliveries to China.”