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Metso Outotec to spread sustainable comminution message through CEEC

Metso Outotec has become the latest company to join the Coalition for Eco Efficient Comminution (CEEC) as a new sponsor, with the OEM’s President and CEO, Pekka Vauramo, noting that the company’s sustainability focus aligns with CEEC’s objective to promote eco-efficient minerals.

CEEC’s vision is to accelerate the implementation of eco-efficient comminution practices through promotion of supporting data and industry benefits.

Alison Keogh, CEEC CEO, said: “Metso Outotec brings strong alignment and skills to support CEEC’s mission. Metso Outotec has a global reach and has been championing sustainability for a long time by proactively developing technologies and partnering with mining companies to become more energy efficient.”

Vauramo said: “We are committed to limiting global warming to 1.5°C and accelerating our sustainability efforts, as the most recent IPCC report makes it clear that the window of opportunity for keeping to 1.5°C is closing quickly. We want to support our customers in reducing their emissions with our sustainable offering that utilises the most efficient technologies.”
Metso Outotec Head of Grinding Business Line, Christoph Hoetzel, said that as comminution is the most energy-intensive step in mining, improving how rocks are ground and processed now and in the future is key to reducing industry’s carbon emissions.

“I encourage three collaboration actions through CEEC to accelerate our collective efforts for more energy and water efficient minerals: sharing case studies and knowledge, benchmarking and innovation,” he said. “Our combined learnings and operational successes can all help industry truly improve and accelerate the decarbonisation change.

“Visionary leaders are actively pushing towards what can be done better. Metso Outotec is keen to help communicate the business case for alternative grinding circuits and processing flowsheets. Our range of proven energy efficient solutions – which is the widest in the industry – allows a truly holistic approach considering efficiency, reliability and low operational costs. Such holistic approaches with innovative plant design and optimisation are vital to reduce mining’s footprint.”

Keogh commended Metso Outotec’s goals to accelerate eco-efficient minerals, noting its demonstrated track history of being a leader in comminution improvements.

Metso Outotec has previously been shared winners of the CEEC Medal twice.

In 2012, staff from Metso and Compañía Minera Antamina co-authored the paper ‘Optimisation and continuous improvement of the Antamina Comminution Circuit’, which won the inaugural 2012 CEEC Medal.

In 2020, Metso and Newmont Corp staff co-authored the paper ‘Reducing Energy and Water Consumption through Alternative Comminution Circuits’, winning the 2020 CEEC Medal for Operations.

Metso Outotec grinding mills and thickeners heading to greenfield nickel project

Metso Outotec says it has been awarded a contract for the delivery of several horizontal grinding mills and thickeners to a greenfield nickel project in Indonesia. The value of the order is approximately €24 million ($28 million), and it has been booked in the Minerals business Q3 (September quarter) 2021 orders received, the company said.

Metso Outotec’s scope of delivery includes five grinding mills with a total installed power of 10.6 MW, as well as 13 HCT high-compression thickeners, which are part of the company’s Planet Positive offering. “We are pleased to have been chosen as the supplier of this key equipment for this major project,” Markku Teräsvasara, President, Minerals and Deputy CEO of Metso Outotec, said.   “A diligent verification process with the customer confirmed that Metso Outotec grinding mills and thickeners will provide significant added value to their process.

“The customer selected our grinding mills based on robust, proven technology, and industry leading availability. The HCT thickeners are proven to provide the best washing efficiency, thus reducing the loss of nickel metal in leaching residue.”

Metso Outotec wins major IPCC order from Codelco’s Radomiro Tomic mine

Metso Outotec says it has signed an agreement with Codelco in Chile to design and supply a Foresight™ semi-mobile primary gyratory (SMPG) crushing plant for Codelco’s Radomiro Tomic operation.

Equipped with a Superior™ MKIII 60-110 primary gyratory crusher, apron feeder discharge and dust collection, the Foresight™ SMPG meets the highest demands in productivity and sustainability, the company says. It is part of Metso Outotec’s in-pit crush and convey solutions (IPCC) portfolio.

Metso Outotec launched the SMPG in June alongside this IPCC offering and the announcement of a plan to cooperate with FAM on end-to-end solutions for IPCC and tailings management plants to the mining industry.

Back in March, Codelco was granted permission to prolong the life of the existing Phase I hydrometallurgical plant and sulphide mining operations at Radomiro Tomic until 2030. The original project considered the end of the operations associated with this stage of the project in 2022, however, thanks to the incorporation of new mining resources, it will be possible to extend it for another seven years from 2023.

Codelco said at this point that the exploitation of these resources requires the relocation of the current primary crushing of oxides and sulphides, which will require additional investments.

Metso Outotec said the value of the recent order is not disclosed, but it has been booked in the Minerals business September quarter orders received.

Markku Teräsvasara, President, Minerals, said: “We have extended our Planet Positive offering in June of this year, launching our IPCC solutions, combining the right team, technology and services to redefine productivity in this space. We highly appreciate Codelco’s continued trust in us to deliver significant crush and convey infrastructure to meet Codelco’s demanding operational and sustainability goals.”

Eduardo Nilo, President, South America Market Area, added: “We are honoured Codelco has chosen us to deliver this significant project in Radomiro Tomic and extend the fleet of Superior primary gyratory crushers at that site. With more than 1,300 employees and integrated fabrication of wear materials in Chile, we service our fleet of crushers holistically
and look forward to supporting this plant as well.”

Metso Outotec’s integrated modular in-pit crush and convey solutions consist of crushing, conveying and stacking equipment combined with IPCC planning and life cycle services. The offering is designed to ensure the highest productivity, energy efficiency, and maintainability, it says.

Metso Outotec IPCC solutions, with their improved energy efficiency, are part of the company’s Planet Positive portfolio. IPCC operations also reduce haulage related energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

Metso Outotec introduces new modular filter for battery chemicals sector

Metso Outotec says it is introducing a new modular filter to its Dual Media (DM) filter product family, with the compact Metso Outotec DM1000 polishing filter particularly suitable for removing and recovering organic compounds and solids in small stream feeds in battery chemicals processes.

Thanks to its modular design, the filter is easy to expand also for larger process flows, the company says.

The DM1000 can be used as a traditional electrolyte filter in the extraction processes as well as for feed flow purification before crystallisation in the metal crystallisation processes.

“Since the launch of our first DM filters some years ago, we have delivered almost 50 DM and DM AC filters for hydrometallurgical extraction and crystallisation processes,” Mika Vuorikari, Director of Industrial Filtration at Metso Outotec, says. “We have delivered hundreds of polishing filters to the mining, chemical and hydrometallurgical industries around the world.

“Adding the modular DM1000 filter to our offering caters to the special needs of the rapidly growing battery industry, where sustainable high-quality filtration is needed to ensure increased production capacities and high-quality end products.”

Coming with energy- and water-efficiency benefits, the Metso Outotec DM1000 polishing filter for battery chemicals is part of the company’s Planet Positive offering.

First Cobalt to use Metso Outotec modular solvent extraction tech at refinery

First Cobalt Corp has awarded a contract to Metso Outotec for the design and manufacturing of solvent extraction cells as well as technical support for the layout of a new solvent extraction plant and its process control at First Cobalt’s refinery in Ontario, Canada.

The company says it received several tenders from global vendors and Metso Outotec was selected based on competitive pricing and its “technically superior” bid.

The contracted solution involves the latest advancements in solvent extraction in terms of modular design, process control and ease of installation and start up, First Cobalt says. The installation time of the modular mixer-settlers is expected to be 30% less than the conventional solvent extraction mixer-settlers used at other projects. In addition to the reduction in site install time, the footprint needed for the selected plant equipment is less than conventional solvent extraction equipment, according to the company. Metso Outotec confirmed that the solution to be supplied comes under its VSF®X solvent extraction plant, which is part of its Planet Positive product range.

Phase 1 deployment of First Cobalt’s three-phase approach to market entry, slated for the December quarter of 2022, will focus on processing cobalt hydroxide to produce a high-quality, sustainable and traceable battery-grade cobalt sulphate. Refinery studies have previously estimated it could produce 25,000 t/y of battery-grade cobalt sulphate from third-party feed.

In January 2021, the company secured long-term cobalt hydroxide feed arrangements with Glencore AG and IXM SA, a subsidiary of CMOC, to provide a total of 4,500 t/y of contained cobalt to the First Cobalt Refinery commencing in the December quarter of 2022. In March 2021, the company further de-risked the project by signing a flexible, long-term, offtake agreement with Stratton Metal Resources Ltd for the sale of future cobalt sulphate production, with quantities determined by First Cobalt.

Once operational, First Cobalt’s Refinery will be North America’s only producer of cobalt sulphate for the electric vehicle market, the company claims.

Trent Mell, President & CEO of First Cobalt, says: “We are happy to be moving forward with Metso Outotec, an industry-leading business partner. Their expertise and ability to deliver quality projects significantly de-risks our own. We move one step closer to becoming North America’s only provider of cobalt sulphate and we do not intend to stop there. Plans for our Canadian Battery Materials Park also include battery recycling, nickel sulphate production and a partnership with a battery precursor manufacturer.”

Metso Outotec highlights magnetic separation expertise

Metso Outotec has introduced a magnetic separators portfolio that, it says, caters to a wide variety of applications with the separators’ flexible modular design enabling superior separation selectivity and improved recovery of fine and ultra-fine particles.

Metso Outotec High Gradient Magnetic Separators are designed to recover weakly magnetic material from non-magnetic matter and can be used for many applications including the processing of iron ores, rare earths and other weakly magnetic minerals, which are not normally treatable by ordinary magnetic separators.

The Low Intensity Magnetic Separators, which are designed to recover magnetic material from non-magnetic matter, are part of Metso Outotec’s Planet Positive product offering. The separators use physical separation and require no chemicals in the process. The Low Intensity Magnetic Separators feature modular design with several frames and process tank designs and use a common magnetic drum for ease of selection of the best machine for each individual application, the company says.

Metso Outotec’s offering also includes the SLon® Vertically Pulsating High-Gradient Magnetic Separator, which processes fine, weakly-magnetic minerals. The units are wet, high-intensity magnetic separators that use a combination of magnetic force, pulsating fluid and gravity to process minerals.

Jan Jirestig, Product Manager, Magnetic Separators, Metso Outotec, says: “We have a long history in magnetic separation, and we delivered the first separator back in the 1890s. Since then, we’ve developed and delivered thousands of magnetic separators worldwide. We are continuously developing our products, securing our position at the forefront of the magnetic separation industry.”

Metso Outotec slurry pumps to treat tails at SevGOK iron ore project

Engineering Dobersek in Germany and Severniy Mining and Processing (SevGOK) in Ukraine have selected Metso Outotec’s mill discharge pumps for Severniy’s greenfield process waste thickening plant, the OEM says.

Metso Outotec’s pumps will be used to pump the iron ore concentrate plant’s waste sludge into the settling ponds from the thickeners. The 22 pumps to be delivered by Metso Outotec include 10 large high-capacity MDM700 pumps. Together, the pumps are capable of handling a total volume of 117,500 cu.m/h of waste sludge.

“SevGOK’s complex is the second of its kind in Ukraine, and Engineering Dobersek in Germany has designed it,” Axel Stappen, Managing Director, Engineering Dobersek GmbH, says. “With this investment, SevGOK aims to decrease environmental impacts and costs by lowering energy consumption and water usage. They chose Metso Outotec pumps because of their reliability and efficiency, and the good support Metso Outotec has provided in their previous projects.”

Michael Nienhaus, Head of Sales, Slurry Pumps, Germany, Metso Outotec, says: “We are delighted to have been selected to supply our MD series pumps to SevGOK’s project. To give an idea of the size of an MDM700 pump, it can weigh as much as 31 t and be 2.8 m in diameter, and have an impressive pumping volume of up to 9,650 cu.m/h. The MDM pumps operate in very demanding conditions, and we’ve designed them to operate reliably and to withstand exceptional wear.”

Metso Outotec mill discharge pumps have been designed for mill circuit applications, such as SAG/ball mill discharge pumps and hydrocyclone feed. Special emphasis has been placed on components that have to withstand exceptional wear from coarse heavy solids and flow turbulence, the company says.

Metso Outotec grinding, flotation and separation equipment destined for Russian Platinum project

Metso Outotec has signed what it says is a landmark contract to deliver all key technology for a new concentrator plant in Norilsk, Russia.

The concentrator is operated by Chernogorskaya mining company, part of the Russian Platinum group.

The delivery is based on Metso Outotec’s proprietary technology and includes key equipment for grinding, flotation and separation. Metso Outotec will also deliver electrification, instrumentation and automation for the concentrator, it says. The contract, which exceeds €100 million ($116 million) in value, has been booked into the Minerals business’ September quarter orders received.

The new concentrator plant is expected to start production in 2023. It will process nickel-copper ore with high palladium and platinum content from the Chernogorsky deposit with an annual capacity of 7 Mt, according to the OEM. Metso Outotec has carried out the basic engineering for the concentrator plant in the earlier stages of the project, it says.

Evgeny Vorobeichik, Managing Director at Russian Platinum, says: “Russian Platinum is aiming for a highly efficient and environmentally friendly production process in the industrial region of Norilsk. The construction of the Chernogorsk GOK is the first stage of this large-scale project, the implementation of which will make our company one of the leaders in the production of palladium and platinum. Use of advanced technical solutions and reliable equipment is an absolute priority. The partnership with Metso Outotec and continuous support from its local operations in Russia are important components to ensuring the success of the project.”

Markku Teräsvasara, President of the Minerals business area at Metso Outotec, added: “Metso Outotec has ample experience with the arctic environment in the Norilsk region as well as with its uniquely rich and demanding ore types. We are delighted to be able to support Chernogorskaya in this greenfield project, where we will be delivering the whole concentrator with the latest technology.”

Metso Outotec looks to optimise iron ore pelletising with new digital solutions

Metso Outotec says it is launching leading-edge digital solutions to ensure the optimal operation and maintenance of iron ore pelletising plants over the entire plant life cycle.

Leveraging the company’s experience as the original inventor of the pelletising process, Metso Outotec says it has developed a suite of solutions that will improve process performance, production capacity, and product quality while at the same time reducing energy consumption, environmental impact, and operation and maintenance costs.

The new digital solutions include the Metso Outotec Optimizing Control System OCS-4D™ and the Planet Positive Optimus™ advanced process control system for ensuring a stable and efficient process, the VisioPellet™ pellet size-control system for optimising the pelletising process, and the Pallet Car Condition Monitoring System for improving preventive maintenance planning and execution.

In addition, Metso Outotec is launching a “unique” operator training with advanced simulation technology in a “risk-free” virtual plant environment. The training can be tailored to simulate different operating conditions, standard procedures, emergency situations and any other operational scenarios that are deemed to be beneficial, the company says.

“We are really excited about these new digital products,” Olavo Nolasco, Director, Product Competitiveness, Ferrous & Heat Transfer at Metso Outotec, says. “Based on pilot tests/reference cases, we know that they can make a true difference for our customers’ processes. These solutions can be implemented in all iron ore pelletising plants delivered by Metso Outotec.”

Metso Outotec says its digital solutions for iron ore pelletising plants provide the following benefits:

  • Improved process performance, production capacity and product quality of iron ore pelletising processes;
  • Reduced energy consumption, environmental impact, and operation and maintenance costs;
  • Safer and more efficient plant operation, thanks to comprehensive, risk-free operator training with advanced simulation technology;
  • Valuable process insights with real-time information on pellet size distribution; and
  • Improved preventive maintenance planning and execution with real-time equipment condition monitoring.

Metso Outotec invests in Lappeenranta filtration technology centre

Metso Outotec is opening a new laser welding unit, customised for demanding production conditions, at its filtration technology centre in Lappeenranta, Finland.

The new laser welding unit will add to the centre’s manufacturing capacity and enable the production of higher-quality welded structures in a safer and more environmentally friendly manner, the company says. The value of the investment is approximately €1 million ($1.2 million).

Markku Teräsvasara, President of Metso Outotec’s Minerals business, says: “Investing in an efficient laser welding unit is one example of our desire to focus on being an industry leader also in filtration technology.

“In Lappeenranta, we produce several types of filters used in demanding industrial applications. We have systematically developed our capabilities in Lappeenranta over the years. Today, the technology centre for solid-liquid separation, which we opened in 2015, serves customers around the world.”

In addition to Lappeenranta, Metso Outotec provides filtration technology to customers worldwide from its Turku and Suzhou facilities in China, Jussi Venäläinen, Vice President of Metso Outotec’s Filtration Business Line says.

“Our filtration equipment is used, for example, in the mining, chemical and food industries,” he says. “All of them require reliable filtration to ensure high quality of their end products.”

Metso Outotec says its filtration technology centre in Lappeenranta plays an important role in the development of industry innovations. In addition to manufacturing, the centre operates a Dewatering Technology Center, which is focused on solid-liquid separation. It also has continuous cooperation with the Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology, among others.

Venäläinen added: “We have a long legacy of filtration expertise – our first filters were made as early as the 1930s in Sala, Sweden. Our selection of filtration technologies is the largest in the field, and their energy, emission and water efficiency is in a league of its own.

“Most of the filtration solutions are part of our Planet Positive range of products. Our filters are safe, easy to use, and quick to maintain, and their high level of automation enables continuous optimisation and remote support. We also provide comprehensive filter maintenance, including lifecycle services.”

Metso Outotec has carried out more than 14,000 filtration tests and delivered more than 5,000 filters for various applications worldwide. Most of the filters are sold under the Larox® product name along with Metso Outotec corporate branding.

In Finland, industrial filter production began in 1977 in Lappeenranta under Larox Oy. In 2009, it continued under Outotec (Filters) Oy, and, after the Metso Minerals and Outotec merger, the filtration technology centre became a part of Metso Outotec. The Lappeenranta site employs around 200 people.