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Paul Sohlberg becomes Outotec’s new head of minerals processing

Outotec has appointed Paul Sohlberg as interim Executive Vice President of its Minerals Processing business unit following Kimmo Kontola’s decision to leave the company.

The position, which also sees him join the executive board, is temporary until the expected closing of the Outotec and Metso Minerals combination, which is expected to complete in the June quarter.

Paul Sohlberg joined Outotec in 2011 and, since 2014, has worked as the President of Market Area North & Central America.

Outotec’s President and CEO, Markku Teräsvasara, said Sohlberg has “versatile experience” in business leadership roles at Outotec and Elektrobit.

“Under Paul’s leadership, we have seen strong development in North and Central America. I warmly welcome Paul to our executive board, where his task will be to further strengthen and develop our growing minerals processing business.

“At the same time, I want to thank Kimmo for his long career and contributions in developing Outotec’s minerals processing business and wish him all the best in his next career chapter.”

Outotec to deliver ‘unique’ paste backfill plant to OZ Minerals’ Prominent Hill mine

Outotec says it has been awarded a contract to design and deliver a mine paste backfill system to OZ Minerals’ Prominent Hill copper-gold mine, in South Australia.

The contract price is €15 million ($16.5 million) and it has been booked into Outotec’s 2019 June quarter order intake, the mineral processing company said.

Outotec’s supply includes the design and delivery of a complete paste backfill system, as well as detailed design of the underground distribution network and fill management systems, it said.

The new paste backfill plant will be based on a unique process design, which allows flexibility to use continuously produced fresh tailings or store filter cake to meet the future backfill needs of the underground mining operation, Outotec said. The new facility is expected to have a capacity of 215 m³/h.

“A reliable paste backfill system is critical to the whole mine and its operations. We are pleased to support our customer to improve their tailings management in a sustainable way,” Kimmo Kontola, Head of Outotec Minerals Processing Business, said.

Prominent Hill is a copper-gold mining operation made up of the Malu open-pit mine – which concluded operations last year – the Ankata and Malu underground deposits and a conventional crushing, grinding and flotation processing plant.

Outotec has previously delivered an EPC backfill system, plus build own operate backfill plant for ongoing operation at Prominent Hill.


Outotec to help convert spodumene into lithium hydroxide in Australia

Outotec says it has been awarded a contract for the delivery of filtration technology and services for a lithium processing plant in Australia.

The order, expected to total around €12 million ($13.7 million), has been booked in Outotec’s 2019 March quarter order intake.

The mineral processing equipment company’s scope in this order includes design and delivery of proprietary Outotec© Larox pressure filters as well as installation and commissioning advisory services and spare parts, it said.

When complete, the plant will convert spodumene concentrate into lithium hydroxide.

Kimmo Kontola, Head of Outotec’s Minerals Processing Business, said: “At Outotec, we have expertise to offer sustainable solutions for extracting lithium from brines and spodumene ores up to battery-grade lithium salts. We are well positioned in this growing market for lithium processing technologies.”

Outotec to cut costs at Canada nickel mine with mine paste backfill system

Outotec has been awarded a contract to design and deliver a mine paste backfill system for a nickel mine in Canada.

The contract price was not disclosed, but similar deliveries are typically valued at €20-30 million ($23-34 million), the company said. The order has been booked into Outotec’s March quarter intake.

Outotec’s order includes the design and delivery of a complete paste backfill system to service two underground orebodies. The paste backfill system, which comes with a higher degree of accuracy for binder addition, will reduce operating costs and allow the company to fully exploit the underground deposits, according to Outotec. The facility is expected to be commissioned towards the end of 2020 with a capacity of 300 t/h.

Kimmo Kontola, head of Outotec Minerals Processing business, said: “We are pleased to support our customer to improve their tailings management in a sustainable way. Outotec has vast expertise in mine backfill design and experience delivering paste plants. This project further solidifies our position in this market.”

Outotec processing expertise and tech on its way to Mexico precious metals project

Outotec has won a contract for the delivery of a complete minerals processing plant for a precious metals project in Mexico, as part of wider €30 million ($34 million) order.

The company will also deliver process equipment for upgrades of two other sulphide silver ore processes for the same customer.

The total value of the contracts booked in Outotec’s December quarter order intake is approximately €30 million ($34 million), Outotec said.

The scope of the delivery includes the entire process flowsheet of grinding mills, flotation machines, concentrate and tailings thickeners, as well as concentrate filters, automation, and various spares and supervision services for the new precious metals concentrator.

For the upgrade of existing silver processes, Outotec will deliver additional flotation machines and multiple fine grinding equipment for improved recovery.

The deliveries will take place in the end of 2019, Outotec said.

Kimmo Kontola, Head of Outotec’s Minerals Processing Business, said: “We are pleased that we were chosen to deliver our leading technologies and services that enable our customer to improve their profitability in a sustainable way.”

The company was also recently awarded a pressure leaching and solvent extraction technologies for a battery chemicals plant to be built in Sotkamo, Finland. The total order value booked in the December quarter order intake for this contract is some €34 million.