Outotec has won an order for the delivery of its VSFX modular solvent extraction (SX) technology and services to a brownfield copper production plant in South America. The customer is making changes to their heap leaching operation to enhance the copper recovery from secondary sulfide minerals. These changes in the leaching phase require an upgrade in the downstream SX plant washing capacity.

“This order demonstrates how Outotec’s revolutionary modular plant concept provides added value in projects,” said Robin Lindahl, head of the metals, energy and water business area at Outotec. “Modular technology enables quick delivery and installation, safe operation as well as high performance and availability even during maintenance, all backed up by performance guarantees. With our solution the customer can reach the targeted production in the planned fast schedule, safely and with minimal construction work at the site. The technology fulfills the strictest environmental and safety standards, minimizes the energy consumption and reduces the overall project risks.”

Outotec has developed the highly acclaimed VSFX technology in the last few years and launched the technology at the end of 2013. There is an increasing demand for this concept in various solvent extraction applications, both in brownfield optimization projects and greenfield plants.