Outotec has agreed a deal with Enerchem for 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 €10 million. Enerchem, a subsidiary of Korean ferroalloy producer and trader Enertec Co, is building a new nickel matte treatment facility. Nickel matte is a commercial intermediate product of nickel smelting and contains about 65% nickel.The new facility will produce annually 12,000 t of pure nickel sulphate from purchased raw material. Nickel sulphate is used most widely 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 crystallisation of nickel sulphate 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 optimised and efficient process to produce pure nickel sulphate for the growing demand in Asia”, says Outotec CEO Pertti Korhonen.
AFTER LAST WEEKEND’S dramatic walk-off, it was back to work for Rory McIlroy earlier.And the world No 1 kept his vow to “grind it out” when the going got tough to post a first round of 73 in the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami.McIlroy – three over with three holes of the Blue Monster course at Doral to play — birdied two of them to finish seven shots behind playing partner Tiger Woods, who shared the lead with Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell, US Masters champion Bubba Watson and Sweden’s Fredrik Jacobson.“I hit some good shots, I hit some not-so good shots,” he said afterwards. “As I have been saying all week this is a work in progress, I am staying patient and I have another three rounds to work on it more and shoot a few good scores.“I just had to play each hole as it came and shoot the best score possible. It was nice to sneak in a couple of birdies in the last three holes and make it look somewhat respectable, even though everyone seems to be going pretty low out there; it was a day where it was perfect scoring conditions.“I wasn’t putting as much pressure on myself and that’s why I didn’t get as frustrated. If I had played like that last week I would have been not so happy but I understand it’s a work in progress and hopefully it will come together soon.”More to followTiger Woods flubs chip shot, doesn’t make it halfway to the holeTrapattoni confirms Richard Dunne will miss Sweden and Austria matches