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Metso Outotec to provide compact pelletising option to iron ore market

Metso Outotec says it has optimised its existing induration technology offering and is launching its Compact-sized Pellet Plant.

The plant design is based on a 3-m-wide indurating machine, building on the design of Metso Outotec’s larger product range. It is billed as offering the same high plant performance and premium product quality as the larger size plants.

Metso Outotec Compact-sized Pellet Plant will be offered in sizes of 189 sq.m (1.2-1.5 Mt/y capacity), 288 sq.m (1.7-2.3 Mt/y) and 315 sq.m (2-2.6 Mt/y).

The new plant design is cost efficient with optimised delivery time, thanks to high standardisation in design and project execution, according to Metso Outotec. At the same time, the design provides the required flexibility to cater to typical customer demands, and customers can also customise the basic offering with add-on packages.

Matthias Gabriel, Director, Ferrous Product Group at Metso Outotec, said: “We are very excited to launch the Compact-sized Pellet Plant. We aim to cater to the flourishing mid-size concentrate producer segment needs with this new offering.

“Conventionally, 4 m is the commonly available and most-used technology. However, today there is an increasing demand for plants with smaller capacities. We have already won an order for this technology and will be installing our first 3-m-wide travelling grate pellet plant in Nagarnagar, Chhattisgarh, in central India. The plant, which will produce 2 Mt/y of high-quality iron ore pellets, is expected to go into production in 2024.”

Metso Outotec is a leading supplier of travelling grate pelletising technology with an installed worldwide base of over 100 plants. Its technology provides dependable process performance with an emphasis on optimising fuel efficiency and minimal emissions.

Metso Outotec to add to Grate Kiln iron ore pellet reference list with Oman order

Metso Outotec has signed an agreement for the delivery of engineering and key equipment for an iron ore Grate Kiln pellet plant to Vulcan Pelletizing LLC.

The plant is located in the industrial port of Sohar, the Sultanate of Oman, with the value of the order being approximately €33 million ($35 million). The pellet plant will supply pellets to Jindal Shadeed Iron & Steel LLC, Oman.

Metso Outotec’s scope of delivery consists of the supply of core pelletising plant equipment, including the traveling grate, rotary kiln and annular cooler. The design is based on the Grate Kiln plants that Metso Outotec is currently supplying for a customer in India. The plant, which is planned to produce 6 Mt/y of high-quality iron ore pellets, is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2023.

Chris Urban, Vice President, Heat Transfer Products at Metso Outotec, said: “This is the third order for a 6 Mt/y Grate-Kiln pelletising plant within the last 16 months. Metso Outotec is proud to be the Vulcan group’s selected partner in iron ore pelletising, and we look forward to propelling the Vulcan group to be a global leader with world-class pellet products.”

Metso Outotec says it is the world’s leading supplier of Grate Kiln pellet plants, with more than 50 installations globally totaling over 130 Mt/y of production.

Metso Outotec to deliver compact iron ore pellet plant to NMDC operation

Metso Outotec says it has signed an agreement for the delivery of engineering and key equipment for an iron ore travelling grate pellet plant with NMDC Limited, a Government of India public enterprise.

Metso Outotec’s order value is €24 million ($26 million) and it has been booked in the company’s Metals Q1 (March quarter) 2022 orders received.

The compact, 3-m-wide travelling grate pellet plant will be installed in Nagarnagar, Chhattisgarh, in central India. The plant, which will produce 2 Mt/y of high-quality iron ore pellets, is expected to go into production in 2024, Metso Outotec says.

“We have delivered several large-size pellet plants to India, and are excited to cater also for the smaller size plants’ market,” Matthias Gabriel, Director of Ferrous Solutions at Metso Outotec, says.

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

Metso Outotec to deliver second grate kiln iron ore pellet plant to Jindal Steel subsidiary

Metso Outotec says it has signed an agreement for the delivery of engineering and key equipment for an iron ore grate kiln pellet plant to Jindal Steel Odisha Limited (JSOL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL).

The plant is located in the industrial city of Angul, eastern India.

Metso Outotec’s scope of delivery consists of engineering and the supply of major equipment, including the traveling grate, rotary kiln and annular cooler. The plant will produce 6 Mt/y of high-quality iron ore pellets, according to the company.

This is Metso Outotec’s second pellet plant order from JSOL in the past 12 months. The first grate kiln pellet plant is currently being installed at the same location by Metso Outotec and JSOL. The value of the most recent order is around €30 million ($33.2 million).

Chris Urban, Vice President, Heat Transfer Products at Metso Outotec, said: “Metso Outotec and JSPL have a strong history of working together in the field of iron ore pelletising. We have previously worked with JSPL in 2006 and 2012 for the deliveries of two traveling grate pelletising plants to Barbil, India. We’re very pleased to be able to supply JSOL with two grate kiln pelletising plants for their Angul location.

Urban says Metso Outotec is the only equipment manufacturer to offer both the traveling grate and grate kiln technologies for indurating iron ore pellets, with each technology offering unique advantages.

“With these technologies, JSPL will be a global leader in their ability to efficiently produce of a variety of world-class pellet products,” he added.

Metso Outotec claims it is the world’s leading supplier of grate kiln pellet plants, with more than 50 installations globally totaling over 130 Mt/y of production.

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 to help Ferrexpo boost iron ore pellet production at Poltava

Metso Outotec has signed an agreement for the delivery of key equipment for the expansion of an existing production line at the Ferrexpo Poltava Mining iron ore grate-kiln pellet plant, in Ukraine.

The value of the equipment is €18 million ($20 million), and it has been booked in the company’s Metals Q4/2021 orders received, the OEM said.

Metso Outotec’s scope of delivery consists of equipment for major modifications to the traveling grate, rotary kiln and annular cooler. This will see the production line’s capacity increase to over 6 Mt/y of iron ore pellets, Metso Outotec said, adding that the two companies have recently worked together to complete the engineering.

Chris Urban, VP, Heat Transfer Products at Metso Outotec, said: “Metso Outotec and Ferrexpo have developed a strong relationship and common respect for each other while planning improvements for Ferrexpo’s Poltava site. During the past several years, Metso Outotec has been committed to supporting Ferrexpo in the expansion and upgrade of their Poltava plant to a world-class production facility featuring state-of-the-art technologies. Once the project is complete, Poltava will not only be able to substantially increase the plant production, but they will also realise considerable improvements in the plant’s fuel and power consumption as well as plant emissions.”

Earlier this year, the two companies agreed on the delivery of multiple energy-efficient Vertimill® VTM-3000 stirred mills to Ferrexpo, with the vertical grinding mills set to become the largest of their kind to be installed in the country.

Jim North, Interim CEO at Ferrexpo plc, said: “We are pleased to announce this latest development in our ongoing collaboration with Metso Outotec, which will help us realise further growth at our production base in Ukraine. Through our continued focus on investing in our pelletiser, we are deploying modern, energy-efficient technologies that will help us achieve greater volumes of our high-grade iron ore pellets, which are helping to facilitate decarbonisation in the global steel industry.”

Metso Outotec says it is the world’s leading supplier of grate-kiln pellet plants, with more than 50 installations globally totaling over 130 Mt/y of production.

Nordic Iron Ore plotting entry into steel’s circular economy at Blötberget

With the world’s first hydrogen-reduced sponge iron having just been produced, most of the globe’s iron and steel companies are evaluating how they can continue to play a role in the steel-making industry of the future.

The HYBRIT project milestone in Sweden has global ramifications for a sector that is among the three biggest producers of carbon dioxide, according to McKinsey. Incorporation of fossil-free technology to produce ‘green iron’ that can lead onto ‘green steel’ is viewed as one of the ways the sector can clean up its act and stay relevant in a society that is increasingly focused on greenhouse gas emissions and sustainability.

Nordic Iron Ore, the owner of the Blötberget iron ore project in the Bergslagen mining region of Sweden, is one of a few companies blessed with the potential to produce higher-grade magnetite that could fit into this brave new steel-making world.

Paul Marsden, Technical and Marketing Advisor for Nordic Iron Ore, explains: “There is a lot of investment interest in Sweden and elsewhere for projects associated with these goals. We’re looking at how our place in that might work, but, as we have demonstrated that we can make products in excess of 71% Fe, I would suggest that we can definitely fit the bill.”

It is not only the grade of iron Nordic Iron Ore intends to produce that is in its favour in this regard; the asset it intends to extract ore from is a past producer, having last closed up shop in 1979.

The old headframe in Blötberget

The most recent estimates state that the company could produce upwards of 4 Mt/y of high-quality iron ore at full tilt from an underground operation. The initial development, Blötberget, is planned as an underground post pillar cut and fill (PPCF) mine using backfill to reduce surface impact and maintain the high-grade of the run-of-mine ore after extraction. Construction is envisaged to take around two years, with an aim to use as much of the project’s magnetite resources as possible.

“At the moment, we’re still going to be a niche producer with low tonnages,” Marsden told IM. “Phase one is likely to start at around 1.65 Mt/y, but phase two and three could get us up to 4-5 Mt/y of high-quality products.

“At the same time, we see ourselves fitting into a changing European steel scene where you have got to be looking at lower carbon output, higher productivity per unit and a move into pelletising or DRI (sponge iron) as a high priority.”

How the company will do this is still to be confirmed, but some of the recent agreements Nordic Iron Ore has signed indicate there is intent behind the ambitions.

It has enlisted the help of Paterson & Cooke to evaluate alternatives for its waste management process (fine tailings were previously anticipated to be deposited in an existing tailing dam) that “significantly reduces the environmental impact of the mining operations but is also attractive from an economic standpoint”.

It has enlisted the help of Sweden-based VB Energi to supply electricity to the site from renewable sources.

Nordic Iron Ore took part in the Smart Exploration project, an EU-funded collaboration between universities and companies from eleven countries. One of the project’s aims was to develop environmentally-friendly methods of geophysical exploration, with Smart Exploration teams conducting several evaluations at Ludvika Mines (part of the Blötberget project) using prototype equipment producing more accurate measurements primarily in the fields of seismology and electromagnetics

It has also signed an MoU with Epiroc Sweden, with the two companies cooperating on the mining project development.

Nordic Iron Ore’s CEO, Lennart Eliasson, said this OEM partnership, in particular, was important to the company’s aims of operating a modern mine able to deploy the latest technologies for high productivity and safety, and long-term sustainability.

Marsden provided a bit more background on this agreement: “The definitive feasibility study we had previously completed with Golder Group by the end of 2019 was what you would consider a ‘traditional mine’ – it included diesel-powered loading and haulage with operators. It wasn’t really what we were aiming for, but it gave us an economic study to go to market with.

“We have since had conversations with the likes of Epiroc, ABB and others at the forefront of pushing new technologies like automation, electrification and digitalisation. They are interested in producing a ‘showcase mine’ for Sweden.”

Marsden says there is potential for leveraging the technology learnings on projects such as LKAB’s Kiruna and Konsuln mines, Boliden’s underground operations and Lundin Mining’s Zinkgruvan operation to make Blötberget “future ready”.

He added: “We cannot automate and electrify it all from the off, but we can lay the groundwork to eventually automate and electrify just about everything in the mine.”

What the company needs now is backing from investors to solidify its plan for Blötberget.

Some $8-10 million should allow the company to assess improvements – the potential to access old resources close to a planned underground decline, earlier revenue generators such as toll treatment of high-grade concentrate, and right-sizing the process flowsheet – and bolster the team to see it through mine construction.

After that, it will be a matter of aligning with offtake partners intent on sustainable steel production with a premium iron ore concentrate that suits the industry’s ‘green’ sentiment.

Metso Outotec to deliver first integrated beneficiation and pelletising plant

Metso Outotec says it has signed a landmark contract for the delivery of an iron ore beneficiation and travelling grate pelletising plant to Africa.

While the parties have agreed to not disclose the value of the contract, the scope of delivery includes the engineering and supply of key process equipment for the beneficiation and pelletising plant.

In addition, Metso Outotec will provide site supervision and commissioning services and deliver automation and training for the project, which the OEM conducted early engineering works for in 2020.

“This new greenfield plant is the first integrated beneficiation and pelletising plant we are delivering globally,” Jari Ålgars, President, Metals business area, said. “It will feature Metso Outotec’s sustainable proprietary technology, such as Low NOx burners to minimise emissions in the process, as well as state-of-the-art digital solutions, including our Optimus™ process optimiser and a green pellet-size control system.”

Metso Outotec captures fourth Chinese iron ore pellet plant order in 10 months

Metso Outotec has signed yet another contract to deliver its “environmentally sound” pelletising technology with Beijing Shougang International Engineering Technology Co Ltd (BSIET).

The greenfield iron ore pelletising plant to be located in Qingdao, China, will be operated by Qingdao Bangtuo New Materials Technology Co Ltd.

While the order value has not been disclosed, the contract has been booked into the company’s Metals’ June quarter orders received.

Mr Li, General Manager of BSIET’s Metallurgy Division, said: “Plant reliability and sustainable performance are key for all new pelletising plants being built in China. Metso Outotec’s technology has proven its excellence in several plants already, making it a good option for leading-edge pellet plants.

“Fast delivery time is also important. For example, the Bangtuo project will be completed within 17 months, including all steps from engineering to commissioning.”

Metso Outotec’s scope of delivery covers the engineering and design of the indurating system, engineering of the process gas fan system, supply of proprietary equipment, instrumentation and control systems, as well as supervisory services and technical training. The Qingdao Bangtuo plant targets annual production of 4 Mt of pellets, with production expected to start in 2022.

Attaul H Ahmad, Vice President, Ferrous & Heat Transfer business line at Metso Outotec, said: “We’d like to take this opportunity to thank BSIET and our customers in China for their trust in Metso Outotec’s sustainable technology. This is the fourth pellet plant order in China we’ve received within 10 months, doubling our local pellet plant reference base from the four in operation amounting to almost 15 Mt of annual capacity to be built within the next two years.”

Metso Outotec’s traveling grate technology used in the pelletising plants ensures high performance and quality while significantly decreasing energy consumption and emissions, the company says.

Metso Outotec’s iron ore pelletising tech heading to BSIET’s ops in China

Metso Outotec has signed a contract with Beijing Shougang International Engineering Technology Co Ltd (BSIET) on the delivery of “environmentally-sound” technology for an iron ore pelletising plant to be built in southwest China.

Metso Outotec’s scope of delivery covers the engineering and design of the indurating system, engineering of the process gas fan system, supply of proprietary and key process equipment, instrumentation and control systems, as well as supervisory services and technical training. The core of the plant is Metso Outotec’s traveling grate pellet indurating furnace with a grate area of 432 sq.m.

Tobias Stefan, Vice President, Ferrous & Heat Transfer business line at Metso Outotec, said: “We are very pleased about this new order, and we are looking forward to working with the customer operating the steel plant and our long-term partner BSIET. This is the second pelletising plant contract we’ve received in China within six months, underlining the strong presence of our traveling grate technology on the Chinese market.”

Pellet production at the plant is estimated to start by mid 2022.

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