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Metso Outotec banks fifth Chinese pelletising order in two years

Metso Outotec has signed a contract with Beijing Shougang International Engineering Technology Co. Ltd. (BSIET) for the delivery of an iron ore pelletising plant to Shougang Qian’an Iron and Steel Co. Ltd.

The plant will be built in Qian’an, Hebei province, China. The order value, which is not disclosed, is booked into the company’s Metals’ September-quarter orders received.

Metso Outotec’s scope of delivery includes the engineering and design of the indurating system and process gas fan system, as well as supply of proprietary equipment, instrumentation and control systems. Supervisory services and technical training are also included in the delivery scope. The core of the plant is Metso Outotec’s traveling grate pellet indurating furnace with a grate area of 504 sq.m.

Attaul Ahmad, Vice President, Ferrous & Heat Transfer business line at Metso Outotec, said: “We are very excited about this recent win in China. This is our fifth pelletising plant order in China since 2020. The win is yet another demonstration of our strong technological leadership in the pelletising space, as well as our long-term partnership with BSIET. We are looking forward to further strengthening our cooperation with BSIET and the customer operating the steel plant in Qian’an.”

Pellet production at the Qian’an plant is estimated to start by the end of 2023.

Metso Outotec says its traveling grate technology ensures high performance and quality while significantly decreasing energy consumption and emissions. The process produces uniform pellets and ensures high performance and quality, with low investment and operating costs as well as decreased energy consumption and emissions.

Metso Outotec launches carbon-neutral and autonomous pelletising concept

Metso Outotec is launching NextGen Pelletizing™, a visionary concept for the next generation of pelletising plants that, it says, strive to be carbon-neutral and autonomous.

This concept is a part of the company’s Planet Positive offering focused on environmentally efficient technologies.

Attaul Ahmad, Vice President, Ferrous and Heat Transfer business at Metso Outotec, said: “NextGen Pelletizing is yet further proof of our strong commitment to building innovative pelletising solutions that are sustainable and contribute to climate targets. It offers significant benefits and will help the industry decarbonise, providing an 80-90% reduction in CO2 emissions.”

NextGen Pelletizing offers unmatched benefits, according to the company, including further energy reductions of 5-10%, production and availability increases of 10-15%, and improved product homogeneity and quality to support the transition of the steel industry.

The concept considers all relevant factors for energy efficiency, plant production and pellet quality to enable a holistic optimisation of the performance of the pelletising process, the company says. It follows a modular approach to minimise the sources of CO2 from the three carbon-intensive steps involved in pelletising and introduces further improved gas schemes, advanced combustion and burner technology (low NOx, hydrogen, and alternative fuels) as well as increased plant stability and performance through advanced process control.

Matthias Gabriel, Director, Ferrous technologies at Metso Outotec, added: “Pelletising is and will remain crucial in the future for the industry’s transition to green, carbon-neutral steel production. I am really excited about NextGen Pelletizing, which I firmly believe will completely revolutionise the way pelletising plants are built or operated in the future.

“The best part about NextGen Pelletizing is that it can be implemented fully or in parts, depending on the customer needs. And it can be easily upgraded in existing plants. Our experts will continue to evolve this vision with improved and innovative processes and tools.”

As the original inventor of the pelletising process, Metso Outotec’s NextGen Pelletizing also offers an exhaustive suite of digital solutions that help improve process performance, production capacity, and product quality as well as reduce energy consumption, environmental impact, and operation and maintenance costs, Metso Outotec says. These solutions include VisioPellet™ , Ferroflame LowNox burner, the Pallet Car Condition Monitoring System, and the Training Simulator, among others.

Metso Outotec has an installed worldwide base of over 120 pelletising plants.

Metso Outotec to help RCPL with iron ore pellet facility development in India

Metso Outotec and Resources Pellets Concentrates Pvt Ltd (RPCL) have signed an agreement for the delivery of key technology for a 432 sq.m indurating machine in India.

The value of the order is above €20 million ($22 million) and it has been booked in Metals’ Q1/2022 orders received.

RPCL is a joint venture company owned by M/s BKG Group and M/s Fomento Resources Pvt Limited, having an extensive experience in iron ore mining and beneficiation. Metso Outotec will support RPCL with the development of its 3.2 Mt/y pellet facility in Sandur, Karnataka, with the OEM’s scope of delivery including test work, full basic engineering and supply of proprietary and key equipment, as well as advisory services.

According to RPCL, the aim in the near-term is to improve the iron content of the ore, maximising the potential of the existing resources. The long-term goal is to increase the resource base, providing longevity and sustainability in the regions from where the mineral is being sourced.

Attaul Ahmad, Vice President, Ferrous & Heat Transfer business line at Metso Outotec, said: “For Metso Outotec, this is a unique travelling grate reference project in the mid-size concentrate producer segment that is expected to grow. Our process and design expertise suits well for this capacity segment.

“We are excited to work with RCPL to provide them with a sustainable solution, ensuring high plant performance and product quality.”

Metso Outotec says it is a leading supplier of travelling grate pelletising technology with an installed worldwide base of over 100 plants.

Metso Outotec calcination plant to help Hekimhan Madencilik hit siderite production goals

Metso Outotec has signed an agreement for the delivery of a siderite calcination plant to Hekimhan Madencilik, a subsidiary of Koloğlu Holding, located in Malatya, Turkey.

The value of the order is approximately €23 million ($26 million), and it has been booked in the company’s Metals’ Q1/2022 orders received.

Metso Outotec’s scope of delivery consists of system design, equipment engineering, manufacturing and supply, and advisory services for the installation of the plant with an annual capacity of 600,000 t of calcined siderite. The key components of the system include a rotary kiln, cooler, and heat recovery and gas cleaning equipment. The plant start-up is expected in the second half of 2023.

“Our solution will enable Hekimhan Madencilik to achieve their production goals,” Attaul Ahmad, Vice President of the Ferrous & Heat Transfer business line at Metso Outotec, said. “It was through our strong customer relationship and familiarity with Hekimhan’s processes that we were able to introduce the Metso Outotec Rotary Calcining system and Heat Transfer experts to develop an optimal equipment and system solution for the client.”

Metso Outotec has previously supported the client with improvements to the operation of its existing calcining line.

Metso Outotec says it is a leading supplier of calcining systems with an installed base of over 1,500 rotary kilns, with its technology providing dependable process performance with an emphasis on optimising fuel efficiency and minimal emissions.

Metso Outotec helps steel sector decarbonise with next gen Circored process

Metso Outotec says it is introducing the next generation of its CircoredTM process for the direct reduction of iron ore fines using hydrogen as a reducing agent instead of CO produced from fossil fuels.

This new process will allow the iron and steel industry to efficiently tackle the decarbonisation challenge, according to the company.

The flexible Circored process, part of Metso Outotec’s Planet Positive portfolio, produces highly metalised DRI (direct reduced iron) or HBI (hot briquetted iron) that can directly be used as feed material in electric arc furnaces for carbon-free steelmaking.

Attaul Ahmad, Vice President, Ferrous and Heat Transfer at Metso Outotec, said: “We are very excited about the Circored process. It is an emissions- and cost-efficient alternative to traditional steelmaking routes. This innovative process eliminates the need for costly and energy intensive pelletising, and its functionality and performance have been proven in an industrial-scale demonstration plant.

“Now our team of experts has evolved the process further, and we will present the updated technology at the 2021 Dubai Steel & Raw Materials Hybrid Conference on December 8th. Additionally, during the first (March) quarter of 2022, we will be revealing further ground-breaking additions to Circored capabilities – the key word being low-grade ore – so please stay tuned for these exciting developments.”

The Circored process is based on the fluidised bed knowledge and experience developed and applied by Metso Outotec over decades in hundreds of plants for different applications. The process applies a two-stage reactor configuration with a circulating fluidised bed followed by a bubbling fluidised bed downstream. The typical plant capacity is 1.25 Mt/y per line. Two or more lines can be combined using joint facilities and utility areas. In standalone plants, the produced DRI is briquetted to HBI to enable further handling and safe transport.

If a Circored plant is integrated into an existing steelmaking facility, energy efficiency can be further increased by direct hot feeding of the DRI to an electric arc furnace, according to Metso Outotec.

As a general rule, the Circored process can handle feeds with a particle size of up to 2 mm. However, depending on the decrepitation behaviour, particle sizes of up to 6 mm are possible. For processing ultrafine (< 50 µm) ores or process reverts like scrubber dust, Metso Outotec has patented a microgranulation process.