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Neles aims for environmentally friendly valve production with new tech centre

Neles, the valves focused spin off of Metso, has announced the start-up of operations at its new valve technology centre in Jiaxing, China.

The new plant strengthens Neles’ valve and related products production capabilities and increases availability for customers across various process industries, in China and globally, it said.

This is the first major announcement from the company since it became a new entity with the partial demerger of Metso (into Neles) and the merger of Metso and Outotec to become Metso Outotec.

The greenfield investment in China to respond to the growing demand of reliable valve technologies was announced back in October 2018.

Olli Isotalo, President and CEO of Neles, said: “This is an important strategic addition to Neles’ global manufacturing footprint and good news for our valve customers around the world. With this investment, our target is to further improve our service and delivery capabilities to meet the diverse and evolving needs of our customers.”

Jiaxing’s manufacturing layout is designed with the latest technologies for efficient and environmentally friendly mass production of high-volume standard valve products, Neles said.

Kevin Tinsley, Head of Valve Operations at Neles, said the principle has been to ensure the most reliable and emission-free production processes from the new plant.

“For example, the liquid recycling system at Jiaxing allows reusing 95% of the liquids used in machining or testing processes and thus minimising formation of hazardous substances,” he said.

“Also, the Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer in use allows as much as 99% organic compound free painting process.”

The new plant will produce over 100,000 valves per year, according to the company.

“With access to a variety of competitive logistic options, the products from Jiaxing can be shipped to customers or Neles supply centres around the globe with dramatically improved lead times,” it added.

In addition to Jiaxing, Neles’ valve technology centre in China in the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone in Shanghai continues operations, focusing on highly engineered products.

Neles employs around 400 flow control specialists at four main locations in China, serving all process industries.

Isotalo concluded: “China is an extremely important market for our business. The new technology centre will have a key role in strengthening our R&D capability in China as well as our global footprint and position as a leading provider of reliable flow control solutions.”

Today, Neles has valve technology or production centres around the world in North America, Germany, Finland, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and India.

Metso’s Trelleborg facility to press ahead with mill lining additions

Metso says it is expanding the range, sizes and types of consumable products it manufactures with the help of an “innovative, mega-size compress press”.

The move will develop its consumables product range and production capacity, especially in larger consumables wear sizes, it said.

The press, being installed at its Trelleborg factory in Sweden, can produce products, such as mill lining wear parts, that weigh up to 8 t. Production with the new press will start in May, it said.

The press to be installed is the first in a series of three similar machines with a total value of €10 million ($10.8 million), according to Metso.

Sami Takaluoma, President, Consumables business, Metso, said: “We are continuously developing our operations to improve our flexibility in fulfilling our mining customers’ needs globally.

“For our customers, the ability to acquire and use larger, high-quality consumables in the process enables a longer operating time and reduces the time required for maintenance work. The new press has been developed together with the supplier, and it utilises unique, innovative technology.”

The ongoing COVID-19-related travel restrictions and increased employee safety measures globally created a need to find a sustainable and safe way to install the new machine in the Trelleborg facility, Metso said.

The installation process is monitored remotely by the supplier with dedicated installation support hubs in Australia and China. Through a variety of headsets and video cameras, the installation team has been able to obtain continuous online guidance and instructions.

“In this challenging situation, we found a workable solution to stay on schedule,” Takaluoma said. “Thanks to the continuous support and detailed online guidance provided to the on-site team, the installation work has proceeded as planned and with safety measures maintained.”

Metso is a leading provider of rubber and poly-met mill linings and has a strong service network in all the main mining markets. The Trelleborg unit produces rubber and poly-met wear parts used in the mining industry.

Metso currently operates 11 factories manufacturing synthetic solutions globally, and it will open a new factory for mining consumables wear parts in Lithuania in 2020.

Ideanomics, Yunnan Energy to promote mining EVs in China, South East Asia

Ideanomics and state-owned Yunnan Energy have signed an agreement to exclusively promote the adoption of electrified heavy trucks, such as those used in mine haulage, in Yunnan province, China, as well as into South East Asia.

The exclusive electric vehicle (EV) agreement also extends to buses, logistics vehicles, and taxis, the company said. It is part of Ideanomics’ MEG division’s S2F2C (Sales-to-Financing-to-Charging) program.

Yunnan province is a mining-rich region extracting commodities like tin, zinc, copper, lead, salt, aluminium, nickel, and more. Ideanomics has previously estimated there are more than 5.7 million heavy-duty mining trucks working in China.

“The JV anticipates leading the China market in this area, and extending its capabilities in China beyond Yunnan province, as well as into the ASEAN region, where Yunnan is the official ‘belt and road’ sponsor and where Ideanomics has an interest in Malaysia’s EV manufacturer Treeletrik,” Ideanomics said.

Additionally, the parties will establish a development fund with resources from Yunnan province with two key objectives:

  • EV acquisition to include an operational company for the benefit of the leasor; and
  • Investment into cleantech mobile energy related projects identified by the joint venture, including investment into the construction and management of power grid infrastructure in south Asia and South East Asia to deliver the fast-charging and energy storage solutions required to support the EV industry.

Alf Poor, CEO of Ideanomics, said: “Yunnan province is an important keystone province, due to its extensive mining activities and its position as the sponsor for China’s Belt and Road activities in South East Asia. This agreement, an extension to our recently announced Taxi deal, brings together Ideanomics’ MEG division and Yunnan province with a shared objective of enabling commercial EV at scale in China and the ASEAN region.

“Together with the team at Yunnan Energy, we have developed objectives to significantly accelerate commercial EV adoption in China and South East Asia, and to invest in technologies and operating companies that make clean mobile energy a viable proposition.”

Ideanomics will begin cooperation with Yunnan Energy immediately and expects to have its joint venture operational in early-2020. Yunnan Energy and MEG will provide the management resources for the JV, leveraging existing personnel in both organisations.

Ideanomics’ MEG division operates in four key segments of commercial EVs – heavy duty commercial vehicles for closed area environments, such as mining, steel mills, airports and seaports; light commercial last-mile logistics vehicles; buses and coaches; and taxis.

Rio Tinto aims for carbon emission cuts across steel value chain

Rio Tinto has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China’s largest steel producer, China Baowu Steel Group, and Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious and influential universities, to develop and implement new methods to reduce carbon emissions and improve environmental performance across the steel value chain.

The China Iron and Steel Association (CISA) invited all three to sign the MOU at its China International Steel and Raw Materials Conference, held in Qingdao.

The MOU will enable the formation of a joint working group tasked with identifying a pathway to support the goal of reducing carbon emissions across the entire steel value chain, which accounts for 7-9% per cent of the world’s carbon emissions, according to 2017 figures from The World Steel Association.

The working group will establish a joint action plan on how to best use the three entities’ complementary strengths in research and development, technologies, processes, equipment, logistics, industry coordination and policy advisory capacities to combat climate change and improve environmental performance, Rio, one of the world’s biggest iron ore producers with one of the largest operations in the Pilbara of Western Australia (pictured), said.

Rio Tinto Chief Executive, J-S Jacques, said: “This pioneering partnership across the steel value chain will bring together solutions to help address the steel industry’s carbon footprint and improve its environmental performance.

“The materials we produce have an important role to play in the transition to a low carbon future and we are committed to partnering with our customers and others to find the most sustainable ways to produce, process and market them. We are already doing this in aluminium and now, through this partnership, we will be doing it in the steel industry.

“We thank CISA for its support and look forward to collaborating with China’s largest steel producer, China Baowu, and Tsinghua University, a global leader in climate change research and collaboration.”

China Baowu Chairman, Chen Derong, said: “China Baowu is committed to ecological and sustainable development. We will promote sustainable production through intelligent manufacturing. We want to make a difference to the iron and steel ecosystem by developing greener factories and enterprises to deliver a cleaner, more sustainable steel industry.

“We hope to jointly address climate challenges with our partners, and create a model of harmonious coexistence between cities and steel mills.”

Tsinghua University Vice President, You Zheng, said: “Tsinghua is committed to providing solutions to climate change challenges and contributing wisdom to sustainable development. Initiating the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate is an important milestone, and just one example. The signing will enable us to work closely with the upstream and downstream of the steel industry value chain to jointly find the solution to the industry’s low-carbon transformation.”

BQE Water receives second SART plant gig in China

BQE Water has been awarded its second SART plant contract in China, with Zhaojin Mining Industry Co signing up the mine wastewater and metallurgical bleed streams specialist to construct and operate the facility at a gold metallurgical operation, in Shandong Province.

The contract structure for Zhaojin, a state-owned company that is one of the largest gold smelters in China, is similar to the sulphidisation, acidification, recycling and thickening (SART) contract signed earlier this year with Shandong Zhongkuang Group Co, BQE said.

It consists of two project phases, with the first phase including initial engineering design, procurement, construction and plant commissioning. This will be followed by a second phase for onsite operations support services for an initial period of five years with BQE Water being paid a quarterly service fee based on plant performance.

BQE’s SART process enables cyanide consumed by base metals to be recovered and recycled, lowering the cost of gold extraction and reducing the environmental footprint of gold mining projects, the company says.

David Kratochvil, President & CEO of BQE Water, said: “The two back-to-back multimillion dollar SART contracts with recurring revenues from ongoing plant operations will allow us to expand our China office and develop a comprehensive platform for delivering our expertise in one of the most active metals extraction, smelting and refining markets globally.

“We are also appreciative of research and development funding and advisory services from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP).”

Songlin Ye, Vice President for Asia at BQE Water, added: “Our partnership with MWT Water Treatment Project Limited Co has allowed us to establish a commercial framework built on our combined core-competencies. Together these capabilities are highly suitable to the mining market conditions and requirements in China and will support BQE Water in the acquisition of additional contracts from the deployment of our know-how.”

Policy changes fuelling outlook for coal in China

Measures to limit emissions and diversify China’s economy are having real results on the nation’s coal usage, according to Sarah Liu, Deputy General Manager of Fenwei Energy.

Liu – who will give a keynote presentation at the International Mining and Resources Conference and Expo in Melbourne in October on the ‘Latest change in China policy and its impact on the global markets’ – said that China had taken steps to reduce coal consumption to meet its goal of reducing its proportion in its energy mix to below 58% by 2020.

“China is very close to meeting its emissions target,” Liu said. “Coal accounted for 59% of China’s overall energy consumption last year, with gas, nuclear power and renewable energy making up around 22%.”

Liu’s address in IMARC’s ‘Global Opportunities’ stream will examine the latest changes in China policy and the impact on global markets. She will be one of several speakers and panellists examining successful Chinese partnerships and Chinese investment and operations in Australia.

The ‘Global Opportunities’ stream will also discuss challenges and opportunities in Africa, Latin America, Mongolia, Canada and Australia.

Liu’s comments are also relevant to IMARC’s energy conference, one of five concurrent conferences, looking at clean and renewable energy and critical minerals supply.

While coal’s slice of the energy mix is shrinking in China, the world’s biggest coal consumer still used more of the resource last year in absolute terms than in 2017, according to China’s National Bureau of Statistics. These numbers reflect a changing economy and a shift towards cleaner energies according to Liu.

“China is promoting power replacement for coal in the form of gas and renewables. China is also supporting the usage of clean coal technologies,” she said.

By the end of the September quarter of 2018, the capacity of ultra-low emissions coal power generators in China reached more than 750 million kilowatts, accounting for more than 75% of the country’s total installed capacity of coal power generation.

This transformation has resulted in an 86% decrease in sulphur dioxide emissions, 89% cut in nitrogen oxide, and 85% less smoke dust from 2012 to 2017, according to the China Electricity Council.

On top of structural changes, the shift from a manufacturing-based economy to a service economy is also changing the outlook for coal.

“The Chinese economy has been changing in recent years, and so has power consumption per sector,” Liu said. “The growth rate of energy-intensive industries such as factories and construction is beginning to slow down, while the services sector is rapidly rising.”

In 2018, the service sector consumed 1.08 trillion kilowatt hours, an increase of 12.7% compared with the previous year.

Electricity used by information transmission, software and information technology services continued the rising trend in recent years, surging 23.5% year-on-year, according to the China Electricity Council.

These policy changes come at a time when the world’s biggest mining companies – many of which are clients of Fenwei Energy – are rethinking their outlook for coal. Global mining company Rio Tinto has divested from thermal coal with other majors including BHP and Glencore vowing to transition out of the commodity.

While creating headlines, Liu isn’t shaken by these actions, saying these are diversified mining companies optimising their business strategies.

“Companies such as Yancoal Australia, which purchased assets from Rio Tinto, in Queensland, still see value and a business case for thermal coal,” she said.

Yancoal Australia is Australia’s largest pure-coal producer.

The company produced 32.9 Mt of saleable thermal and metallurgical coal in 2018 for export into international markets and, in 2019, was aiming for 35 Mt.

Liu said: “There is still a great demand for coal, and it will exist in the Chinese energy mix for some time to come.”

IMARC’s focus on energy comes as rising energy costs and changing perspectives on the environment and sustainability are affecting global mining operations, especially those operating in Australia.

Fenwei Energy, Yancoal and Rio Tinto will join more than 300 thought leaders across the mining, METS and government sectors discussing ways to manage and overcome such issues, especially seen in new partnerships that focus on alternative and clean energy solutions, at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, October 29-31, 2019.

The South Australian Government will also discuss its transition to clean energy – a controversial topic since storms in 2016 caused widespread blackouts, with opinion divided as to whether the reliance on renewable energy was to blame.

For more information on the IMARC event, follow this link: https://imarcmelbourne.com/

International Mining is a media sponsor of the IMARC event

Dundee Sustainable Technologies makes CLEVR, GlassLock process progress with China

Dundee Sustainable Technologies says it has received a mandate from a Chinese customer to continue testing of the cyanide alternative CLEVR Process™.

The company has received a 30-kg sample of mineralised material from the customer and a payment for this work, DST said, explaining that the goal of the work is to demonstrate its proprietary CLEVR Process can extract gold at a rate of 95% or better.

Brian Howlett, President and CEO, said: “Management of DST is very excited to be developing our CLEVR Process technology into China at this time. China controls a key portion of the gold and base metals processing capacity in the world and will be a key market going forward for our technologies.”

DST, back in December, said it had completed analysis of the samples from this customer and had been able to increase recovery of the gold from the customer’s concentrate from 71% using cyanide to over 90% at a lab scale using its technology.

CLEVR uses no cyanide, produces no toxic liquid or gaseous effluent, and the solid residues are inert, stable and non-acid generating, according to DST.

DST Management has also submitted a 5-kg sample of glass from its GlassLock Process™ to Chinese authorities for regulatory testing with the goal of classifying the glass as non-hazardous waste product suitable for disposal in the Chinese market.

GlassLock is a patented process for the sequestration and stabilisation of the arsenic often associated with copper, gold, silver or polymetallic deposits.

DEUTZ to supply SANY with China emission-compliant engines

DEUTZ has entered a joint venture agreement with SANY that will see the Germany-based company take over production of the China construction equipment manufacturer’s current engine range.

DEUTZ says it will be investing a mid-double digit million euro amount in the new joint venture and will hold a majority share of 51%. The closing of the transaction is expected by the end of the year. This agreement follows a memorandum of understanding the two companies signed in December last year (pictured).

The JV is aimed at supplying SANY with around 75,000 new engines in 2022, all of which will comply with the China IV emissions standard for off-road applications and China 6 for on-road applications, DEUTZ said.

“In addition to the successful conclusion of the joint venture deal with SANY, other elements of the international growth strategy are also going to plan in China,” DEUTZ said.

These include the strategic alliance with BEINEI to carry out production locally, with the DEUTZ management team overseeing the manufacture of about 20,000 engines for the Asia market in 2022 at a new factory in Tianjin, China. The ramp-up is set for 2020, when around 2,000 to 3,000 engines are to be produced, DEUTZ said.

“Further progress has also been achieved in the partnership between DEUTZ and FAR EAST HORIZON to expand the local service business,” DEUTZ said. “With more than 80 branches, FAR EAST HORIZON is the largest player in China’s construction equipment rental business and the ideal partner to meet the growing demand for innovative engines. DEUTZ customers will soon be able to benefit from digital services such as a shared online shop.”

DEUTZ CEO, Dr Frank Hiller, said: “The joint venture agreement marks an important milestone in the implementation of our new China strategy. We are now ideally positioned to take advantage of the rapid growth in the world’s largest individual market for engines.

“The alliances with our local partners will enable us to significantly increase our local presence for engines and we now have access to an attractive production network that will enable us to efficiently meet customer demand in the region. We can also tap into an extensive service network that we will systematically enhance with digital solutions. In an initial stage, we aim to achieve revenue of around €500 million ($550 million) by 2022.”

DEUTZ said the Chinese engines market has grown steadily in recent years and the uptrend is set to continue for some years to come. “Growth of up to 5% is forecast in China’s construction equipment application segment in 2019, while in material handling it is set to be up to 10%.”

Xinhai adds management and operation services to EPC mining mix

Xinhai Mining Technology & Equipment is expanding its turnkey mineral processing plant solutions in order to help manage and operate the projects it helps construct for mining clients, it said.

Xinhai has proposed a mineral processing EPC+M+O (engineering, procurement, construction and management and operation) service as part of this plan, which, it says, “can provide clients a complete mineral processing turnkey service to solve all the problems about mine management and operation”.

“Specifically, Xinhai mineral processing EPC+M+O service is a customised service through the actual condition of plant,” the company said.

Xinhai said it found that many clients were in urgent need of services including mining engineering before the dressing plant, construction engineering, tailings pond management, and even the plant management and operation. Therefore, this new service was proposed to solve such problems.

“So far, Xinhai accomplished over 2,000 mine design, research and equipment supply projects, over 500 EPC+M+O service around the world, and exported products to over 90 countries and districts,” it said.

“Briefly, Xinhai EPC+M+O service contains every single link of modern mine cooperation construction. The essence of EPC+M+O service is to consider each link of mineral processing project service in a more comprehensive and detailed way.”

thyssenkrupp wins gyratory crusher order for Julong copper mine in China

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions says it has won an order to supply two sets of gyratory crushers to the Julong copper mine, in China, an operation situated at an altitude of over 5,000 meters above sea level.

“Once again, it shows our solutions and engineering capabilities are able to work under the toughest environmental conditions,” the company said.

thyssenkrupp will support the second phase of the productivity expansion and reconstruction project of the mine, which is operated by Western Mining Group.

The company says it has also recently made progress on two other fronts: First, winning an order to supply two sets of bi-direction drum reclaimers to be used in a “transaction centre” of iron ore in Hebei, China, and, second, witnessing the successful delivery of steel parts for the Hesteel Laoting project.