2013-08-30 12:03:03 -
OUTOTEC OYJ PRESS RELEASE AUGUST 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Outotec to supply latest technology for the upgrade of Rio Tinto's Kennecott
flash smelter in the U.S.
Outotec will supply the latest flash smelting technology improvements to the
upgrade of Rio Tinto's Kennecott Utah Copper smelter in the U.S. The contract
value is approximately EUR 14 million and will be booked in Outotec's third
quarter order intake.
Kennecott has operated the Utah copper smelter since 1995 utilizing a
combination of Outotec® Flash Smelting technology and Kennecott-Outotec® Flash
Converting technology, which has been jointly developed by the two companies.
Outotec's scope of work includes equipment deliveries such as proprietary
feeding system, concentrate burner, process control, furnace cooling and anode
Once completed the upgraded flash furnace will ensure highly efficient
production combined with a long
campaign life. Flash Smelting combined with
Flash Converting is the world's cleanest technology for primary copper smelting.
Since it makes use of the reaction heat of the feed, copper sulfide concentrate,
minimum amount of external fuel is needed in the process. Owing to low volume of
process gas and compact and sealed equipment, sulfur capture exceeds 99.9 %.
Thanks to its environmental performance the Kennecott Utah Copper smelter has
been the world's benchmark smelter and the upgrade will further improve its
"During our long relationship with Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper since 1984 we
jointly developed the Flash Converting technology, built a world-class smelter
in Utah, and now continue cooperation in upgrading it with the latest Outotec
technologies. We believe that these types of smelter renovations aiming at
highly efficient operations and meeting the strictest environmental standards
will bring both parties considerable benefits and strengthen cooperation", notes
Jari Rosendal, head of Outotec's Americas region.
For further information please contact:
Jari Rosendal, President - Americas region
Tel. +358 40 595 1456, +1 289 208 1686
Robin Lindahl, President - Metals Energy & Water business area
Tel. +49 172 689 9394
Eila Paatela, Director - Corporate Communications
Tel. +358 20 529 2004, mobile +358 400 817198
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