OUTOTEC OYJ PRESS RELEASE AUGUST 15, 2012 at 3:30 PM
Outotec to provide technology for nickel sulfate production in South Korea
Outotec has agreed with Enerchem Co Ltd on the delivery of technology for a nickel matte treatment facility to be built in South Korea. This order follows the conceptual study and basic engineering Outotec provided for the project. The contract value exceeds EUR 10 million.
Enerchem, a subsidiary of Korean ferroalloy producer and trader Enertec Co Ltd, is building a new nickel matte treatment facility. Nickel matte is a commercial intermediate product of nickel smelting and contains about 65 percent of nickel. The new facility will produce annually 12,000 metric tons pure nickel sulfate from purchased raw material. Nickel sulfate is used for example in the battery industry.
Outotec's scope of delivery covers technology and proprietary equipment for the entire plant, such as atmospheric and pressure leaching of nickel matte and iron removal autoclaves, solvent extraction of nickel as well as impurities removal. In addition, Outotec will deliver equipment for crystallization of nickel sulfate and the process control system for the plant. Outotec also offers spare parts as well as supervision services for the installation and commissioning, expected to take place in the second half of 2013.
"Outotec has wide and long experience in hydrometallurgical technologies. This is an exciting opportunity for us to tailor a solution, which uses atmospheric and pressure leaching and solvent extraction technologies. Enerchem benefits from an optimized and efficient process to produce pure nickel sulfate for the growing demand in Asia", says Outotec CEO Pertti Korhonen.
For further information please contact:
Jari Rosendal, President - Non-ferrous Solutions business area
Tel. +358 20 529 2700
Eila Paatela, Director - Corporate Communications
Tel. +358 20 529 2004, mobile +358 400 817198