Metso Outotec

Beijing Shougang International Engineering Technology Co. Ltd. contracted Metso Outotec for delivery of new environmentally sound technology for Zenith’s iron ore pelletizing plant to be built in Nantong, China.

The contract covers the engineering and design of the indurating system, engineering of the process gas fan system, supply of proprietary equipment, instrumentation and control systems, as well as supervisory services and technical training. The core of the plant is Metso Outotec’s traveling grate pellet indurating furnace, which has a grate area of 432 m2.

Metso Outotec said it is the fifth such plant delivered to China. “It is based on our environmentally sound traveling grate technology,” said Tobias Stefan, vice president, ferrous and heat transfer business line, Metso Outotec.

The traveling grate technology produces uniform pellets and ensures high performance and quality with low investment and operating costs, as well as decreased energy consumption and emissions, the company reported.

Pellet production at the Zhong Tian plant is estimated to start by the end of 2021.

Metso Outotec announced plans to sell its fabrication, machining and assembly operations and to close or rearrange the rest of its operations in Vereening, South Africa. The production of mill linings, as well as pump assembly operations, will be transferred to other Metso Outotec manufacturing units with flexible global service capability.

Metso Outotec also announced it was restructuring its consumables operations in North America. The company has decided to discontinue its factory operations in North Bay, Canada. The production will be ramped down by the end of the first half of 2021.