Canadian Arianne Phosphate selected FLSmidth as key supplier for one of the world’s biggest greenfield phosphate rock projects, the Lac à Paul project in Quebec’s Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. Arianne Phosphate recently signed a memorandum of understanding with FLSmidth to provide all production equipment and engineering for its future plant, Lac à Paul, located 650 kilometers northeast of Montreal.

The phosphate processing plant will be designed for a capacity of 55,000 metric tons per day (mt/d), to produce 3 million mt per year of phosphate rock concentrate, grading 38.6% P2O5, with concentrate P2O5 recovery of 90%.

Arianne Phosphate leadership said it was optimistic about the relationship. “The process of bringing Lac a Paul into development will benefit greatly from FLSmidth’s technological leadership, solid experience in the phosphate industry, and their ability to help facilitate financing,” Brian Ostroff, CEO, said.

FLSmidth leadership said the company embraces the opportunity. “As a full flowsheet provider on a project of this scale, we can really make a difference by designing a process flow with optimal productivity and the lowest total cost of ownership,” Manfred Schaffer, group executive vice president, minerals division, said.