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Outotec to deliver gas cleaning and sulfuric acid plant technology to Uzbekistan


Outotec has signed a contract with OJSC Almalyk Mining & Metallurgical Company (AMMC) for the design and delivery of a gas cleaning and sulfuric acid plant to AMMC’s existing copper production facilities, located near Almalyk, Uzbekistan. The contract is valued at approximately EUR 30 million.

The scope of Outotec’s delivery includes process technology design, detail engineering, procurement and the supply of proprietary equipment, including all acid resistant parts made of Edmeston SX material. In addition, Outotec will also provide advisory services for construction and commissioning to the overall project scope. The overall project is expected to be completed within 32 months. The new acid plant complex will produce approximately 500,000 tonnes of sulfuric acid annually.

One of the key priorities for AMMC, a government-owned entity and the country’s sole copper producer, was to substantially improve the environmental conditions of the region where the facilities are located. In the new solution, the off-gases of the existing copper plant will first be treated and cleaned in a gas cleaning unit before they are further processed in a new sulfuric acid plant.

“Outotec’s expertise in the minerals processing and metallurgical plants as well as track record as the leading provider of sulfuric acid technology with more than 600 plants delivered worldwide were important aspects to winning the contract. The use of Edmeston SX material - special stainless steel designed especially for acid plants - has further strengthened our competiveness thanks to the acquisition of Edmeston last year. We are looking forward to working with AMMC to provide the appropriate environmental solutions. This is also our first sulfuric acid plant project in the CIS in many years and we are excited about further opportunities in this growing market”, notes Outotec’s President and CEO Pertti Korhonen.


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