From the Americas, Europe and Russia to the Middle East, India and Mongolia, here’s just a sampling of the exciting projects awarded to FLSmidth during the first half of 2016.
Rebuild of floating potash harvesters in Jordan
Arab Potash Co. PLC.—long-time Jordanian customer of FLSmidth—recently awarded a contract to rebuild two floating potash harvesters. FLSmidth (at that time known as RAHCO) designed and fabricated the first harvester over 30 years ago. The track-driven harvesters float on the concentrated potash and salt brine of the Dead Sea and harvest the precipitated carnallite from the floor of the ponds. The harvesters then pump the carnallite slurry through 16-inch diameter by 7,000-foot floating pipelines, towed behind the harvesters, to the shore where booster pumps then transport it the remaining distance to the refinery for processing. The final product—potash—is primarily used for agricultural fertilizer and sold worldwide. Harvesters #5 and #6 have been in continuous operation for 25 years and with this contract will be reconditioned and upgraded to be similar to the more recent harvester #12.
New phosphate concentration plant in Brazil
Galvani is implementing a new phosphate concentration plant in Serra do Salitre, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The company selected FLSmidth to supply a horizontal belt filter for the phosphate rock dewatering. In earlier phases of this project, four FLSmidth ABON® sizers were ordered.
New mine water treatment plant in Portugal
Lundin Mining’s Somincor operation in Portugal selected FLSmidth to provide a Fenton and high-density sludge water treatment plant to significantly improve the quality of the plant process water by removal of thiosalts and sulphates. The plant will consist of a number of pH-controlled mix tanks where controlled gypsum precipitation will capture heavy metals ahead of a 30-m diameter EIMCO® clarifier. The gypsum precipitation will be achieved with FLSmidth’s MaxR™ technology. The project was kicked off in June, and equipment deliveries will start early next year.
Gypsum dewatering equipment being installed in Kentucky
FLSmidth will be supplying gypsum dewatering equipment to Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities Company (KU) Trimble County facility as part of an overall coal combustion residuals (CCR)—otherwise known as precipitated gypsum and coal ash—treatment project in Trimble County, Kentucky, USA. This is a repeat order for FLSmidth with LG&E and KU, and the project will allow the Trimble County Generating Station to market the precipitated gypsum as a product for wall board and other commercial applications in lieu of landfilling. FLSmidth will provide cyclone and reclaim tank feed pumps, primary dewatering (cyclones) and secondary dewatering (horizontal vacuum belt filters) equipment.
In December 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final CCR rule to establish national regulations for the management and disposal of the byproducts left over after coal is safely burned to make electricity. Facilities, such as those mentioned above, are required to comply with this EPA regulation.
Large pump upgrade project in Mongolia
FLSmidth just successfully completed a large cyclone feed pump upgrade at Oyu Tolgoi, going from four (4) 24x20 MME QR pumps, to four (4) 28x26 UMD™ MMF QR pumps, on the same foundation and on a turnkey basis. Sold through FLSmidth’s Mongolia office, the project was executed and installed by our U.S. project team and partially fabricated at FLSmidth Krebs in Tucson, Arizona, USA.
New port handling equipment for the Black Sea
In May 2016, FLSmidth signed an EPS (engineering, procurement and supervision) contract with the Russian marine export terminal owner OTEKO-Portservice LLC for the engineering, supply and supervision of material handling equipment. The equipment is to be installed at the port of Taman on the Russian Black Sea coast, approximately 1,500 km south of Moscow. The order is part of the construction of a new cargo terminal to handle the increasing export of coal, iron ore, sulphur and fertilizers from production sites in Russia. Included in the scope of supply are: railcar unloading, screening and crushing, stockyard machines, shiploaders and associated conveyor systems, including auxiliaries such as dust suppression, and sampling equipment.
FLSmidth has also recently commissioned two shiploaders for phosphate and two continuous screw unloaders for sulphur in Morocco; and a 500 tph screw unloader for limestone in South Korea.
Smelter plant in U.S. to receive new converters
In order to meet new EPA emission standards, one of our U.S.-based customers is currently implementing a converter-aisle emission reduction project. The project involves replacement of the existing five smaller Pierce-Smith converters, originally supplied by FLSmidth in the 1970s (known then as Fuller Company), with three new 15-foot diameter by 35-foot-long Pierce-Smith converters. The scope of work includes the engineering, procurement, fabrication, testing, shipping, supervision of erection, and commissioning of the three converters at a smelter plant in the western United States. The project will be executed by the team in Salt Lake City/USA supported by FLSmidth colleagues in South Africa and Bethlehem/USA—the technology center for converters and pyromet technology. The first unit is scheduled to be delivered in March 2017.
Dewatering plant in India
FLSmidth is supplying a blast furnace sludge dewatering plant to Tata Steel—one of the biggest steel producers in India. The order includes thickeners and filter presses, with additional scope for pumps and valves. The separation equipment will be installed as part of a central dewatering plant to increase capacity for handling blast furnace sludge. FLSmidth previously supplied two filter presses for the same application to Tata Steel’s “H” blast furnace project.
Calcined petroleum coke system upgrade in Russia
FLSmidth is supplying engineering and equipment to upgrade a rotary kiln used for calcining green petroleum coke to produce anode grade calcined petroleum coke (CPC). The equipment will be delivered to Siberian-Urals Aluminum Company located in Volgograd, Russia, part of Russian Aluminum Company (RUSAL)—one of the world's largest aluminum producers. The scope of supply includes engineering, kiln burner, burner management system (BMS), tertiary air fans, kiln parts, controls, and auxiliaries. FLSmidth is also executing another similar project for RUSAL at their Irkutsk, Russia plant.
Read more about new Minerals orders on flsmidth.com/announcements