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Updated March 23, 2019

 

2019

 

Codelco terminates the contract with SNC Lavalin and takes control of the works in Chuquicamata
Namibia hosts acid conference

ACS Group to Build 2 of World’s Largest Sulfuric Acid Plants in Morocco
Wata Chemicals Opens New Plant
ITT Announces Agreement to Acquire Rheinhütte Pumpen Group

Brazilian fertilizer firm Heringer restructures, closes plants

Electrozinc to be Mothballed by mid-2019

India court clears way for Vedanta Smelter restart 


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Codelco terminates the contract with SNC Lavalin and takes control of the works in Chuquicamata


March 25, 2019 - Codelco informed this morning its decision to terminate the contract with SNC Lavalin early on, due to the serious breach of contractual milestones that the company has incurred in the construction of acid plants for the Chuquicamata Smelter, works that are key to adapt the emissions to DS No. 28. Among the non-compliances, are the delay in payments to its subcontractors, delays in the execution of the project and problems in the quality of the works, among others.  Codelco developed six major projects to raise the standard of the Chuquicamata complex, including the construction of two new acid plants, which was awarded in November 2016 to the SNC Lavalin company. The contract for an approximate amount of US$260 million included the detailed engineering, the supply of equipment and the construction and assembly of the same (EPC).  Through a letter sent to the company this morning, the Corporation reproached him for the serious and repeated breach of the obligations imposed by the contract. It should be noted that Codelco made several attempts to resolve the difficulties that the project was experiencing, the last of which was last February.  In the near future, Codelco will begin the transfer of the first new acid plant to the Chuquicamata smelter to begin the empty tests, adjustments and resolution of conditions that guarantee a safe operation.  Subsequently, with an estimated difference of 15 to 20 days, the operation will be normalized with the entry into operation of the second sulfuric acid plant and its review process for each part and adjustments to the set for an adequate operational condition.



Namibia hosts acid conference

 

March 15, 2019 - Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) held its 7th Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid Conference in Swakopmund.  The two-day international event was attended by over 95 representatives and industry leaders from various countries around the world such as Namibia, Zambia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, China, Denmark, Netherlands, USA and Canada.  The aim of the annual conference is to expose delegates to issues relating to the generation and handling of Sulphur, sulphuric acid and Sulphur dioxide reduction within the metallurgical and other industries, and the conference provides an opportunity to introduce new technologies and equipment to producers and consumers of sulphur as well as sulphuric acid and related products in the field.  In addition, the conference enables participants to share information and experience in the application of new technologies, collaborate and provide an opportunity for role players in the industry to discuss common problems and solutions.  In his keynote address Zebra Kasete, President of the Namibian Chamber of Mines and Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb Vice President and Managing Director highlighted the importance of collaboration between the mining and agricultural sectors, highlighting how sulphuric acid can be a catalyst for industrial revolution in Namibia.“The mining industry in Namibia contributes approximately 50 percent of the country’s export revenue and constitutes 12 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The industry-generated revenue of N$29 billion in 2017 of which approximately N$11.76 billion (41 percent) was spent on goods and services procured from Namibian based suppliers. The local spend expenditure demonstrates the industry’s commitment to support local suppliers,” Kasete said.  According to Kasete local procurement is one avenue where previously historically disadvantaged Namibians can participate, meaningfully in the country’s economic activities.  “I accept from the out-set that, we miners are not manufactures and we are not skilled in the same, however, acid producers have a key role to play in sparking the industrial revolution in Namibia. Sulphuric acid production in Namibia, has contributed to the upgrade of the country’s railway line and to increased bulk transportation of chemicals, which come with additional services as well as skills” he said.  The President of the Namibian Chamber of Mines urged sulphuric acid producers to change their mindset from believing that their market is limited to the mining industry.  “I would like to urge, sulphuric acid producers to learn from the diamond industry and consider doing the same. In particular, I would like to encourage everyone, to create opportunities for the fertilizer industry because if Namibia starts producing her own fertilizers, it will increase productivity in agriculture and reduce dependency on imports” Kasete said.  Kasete called on government to develop policies, which encourage collaboration within the agriculture and mining sectors.  “The increase in sulphuric acid consumption will contribute to industry revolution as envisaged in national development policies,” he said.

ACS Group to Build 2 of World’s Largest Sulfuric Acid Plants in Morocco

March 7, 2019 - Morocco’s OCP group and Spain’s ACS Group have signed two contracts to build two factories in Jorf Lasfar, 120 kilometers south of Casablanca, which will cost €255 million, approximately MAD 2.8 billion, announced ACS on Tuesday.  The contracts to build the factories “have been awarded by the OCP (Office Chériffien de Phosphates), following a tender process where several international engineering companies have taken part,” said ACS, an international civil and engineering construction company.  Construction on the projects has already begun and will take another two to three years for each before they are ready to operate.  The projects will be two of the largest sulfuric acid plants in the world. ACS will build the facilities and implement the processing of two 5,000 tons of sulfuric acid per day, in addition to implementing basic engineering, detailed engineering, and equipment and material supply works.  The sulfuric acid will be mainly used in the manufacture of granulated phosphate fertilizers. The energy the two plants generate will be used in Jorf Lasfar, “almost eliminating the necessity of resorting to external electrical power.” The plants will also optimize the production of phosphate fertilizers to support the agricultural industry in African mainland countries.  Founded in 1997, the Madrid-based ACS Group is a leading construction company worldwide with projects in many countries, operating in key services and sectors, including telecommunications.  Meanwhile, Morocco’s OCP Group, which holds 75 percent of the world’s phosphate reserves, is one of the leading exporters and producers of raw phosphate, phosphate-based fertilizers, and phosphoric acid in the world.


Wata Chemicals Opens New Plant

March 3, 2019 - Wata Chemicals, a listed company, yesterday opened its second sulfuric acid plant built at an investment of nearly Tk 30 crore.  Sulfuric acid is mostly used in production of fertiliser, in refining water and petroleum and in manufacturing other chemicals such as hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, sulfate salts, synthetic detergents, and dyes and pigments.  “Almost all the industries need sulfuric acid, so they will benefit from the new plant,” said Golam Dastagir Gazi, textiles and jute minister, while inaugurating the plant in Narayanganj.  The plant has created some jobs and will reduce import of the chemical as well, he said, adding that Bangladesh needs more industrial units to become a developed country.  Md Nazrul Islam, managing director of the company, said 25-30 percent of the total demand for sulfuric acid was met by imports currently.  “With the new plant, our production capacity will increase by 30,000 tonnes annually from previous 18,000 tonnes. As a result, the import of the chemical may go down.” The minister said industrialists would have to look after the local community while setting up factories, so that their lives are not affected by industrial pollution.  “Nowadays, new technologies are available which can help reduce industrial pollution. Industrialists are also aware of the technological development.”  Islam says Wata Chemicals is using new technologies so that adjacent farmlands are not affected.  The company supplies the product to battery and fertiliser factories and the water purifying units of the government, said Md Ali Ahsan, chief financial officer of the company.  Wata Chemicals' shares fell nearly 1 percent to Tk 530 on February 27, the last trading day of the week. www.thedailystar.net

ITT Announces Agreement to Acquire Rheinhütte Pumpen Group 

February 22, 2019 - ITT Inc. announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Rheinhütte Pumpen Group, a market-leading designer and manufacturer of centrifugal and axial flow pumps, from Aliaxis Group S.A.  The acquisition aligns with ITT’s focused growth initiatives in target markets and will enhance the Industrial Process (IP) segment’s strategy with a complementary portfolio of centrifugal pump technologies suited to corrosive, abrasive and high-temperature industrial process environments. The acquisition will bolster IP’s presence in Europe with an expanded product range as well as enhanced pump engineering, manufacturing, testing and channel to market capabilities.  Rheinhütte has a 160-year heritage and is regarded as a leading provider of highly engineered pumps suited for the handling of aggressive media. Rheinhütte solutions serve specialty applications for the chemical, mining, renewable energy and refinery processes and include solutions for sulfuric acid, molten sulfur, fertilizer and chlorine-alkali electrolysis production among others.  “The proposed agreement will bring together two companies with long legacies of application expertise across a range of harsh conditions in the industrial process space,” said ITT CEO and President Luca Savi. “We look forward to leveraging Rheinhütte’s deep engineering capabilities to deliver better solutions for our customers and unlock additional growth in key global markets.”  “This agreement reflects our commitment to delivering a comprehensive value proposition to our customers,” said ITT IP President David Malinas. “The addition of the Rheinhütte Pumpen brand to our current portfolio will broaden our worldwide pump presence. We are excited to join these two teams, leveraging their shared skills and commitment to delivering excellent products for our customers and partners.”  Rheinhütte, which is headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, anticipates full-year 2018 revenues of approximately $66 million. Rheinhütte has approximately 430 employees and operates in three main manufacturing locations.  The proposed transaction is expected to be accretive to ITT earnings in the first full year after closing. The cash consideration of approximately $91.5 million will be funded from the company’s cash and revolving credit facility and the final purchase price is subject to customary net working capital adjustments. The proposed transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including appropriate regulatory approvals. www.businesswire.com


Brazilian fertilizer firm Heringer restructures, closes plants

January 31, 2019 - Brazilian fertilizer company Fertilizantes Heringer SA has decided to close several of its plants and distribution centers as part of a restructuring plan to lower its debt burden, two sources told Reuters on Thursday.  Heringer, one of the largest players in the Brazilian fertilizer market, sent a message to workers on Thursday in at least 10 installations, including plants and regional offices, advising them that they faced closure, according to a e-mail message seen by Reuters.  In the message, CEO Dalton Carlos Heringer said the restructuring became necessary after some creditors obtained a favorable court decision allowing them to freeze bank accounts to guarantee debt repayment.  Heringer's press office did not confirm the existence of the memo and said it would return a call seeking details. Its investor relations office said company executives were not available for comment as they were in meetings and that the company might send information to market regulator CVM later on Thursday.  Heringer had 2.9 billion reais ($794.17 million) in debt by the end of the third quarter, according to its earnings release. That compares with a market capitalization of 224 million reais, according to Refinitiv data.  A source that deals with fertilizer distributors in Mato Grosso, in the heartland of Brazil's grain belt, said Heringer advised some of those distributors regarding what plants and offices were being closed and which ones would keep operating.  Before the closings, Heringer was operating 16 plants that produce fertilizer from imported materials and one sulfuric acid plant, besides regional offices in the most important agricultural areas in Brazil such as center-west and Matopiba.  It had a capacity to move 6.2 million tonnes of fertilizer per year, used in several types of cultures including soybeans, corn, cotton, coffee and sugar cane.  Heringer shares lost 5 percent in Sao Paulo trading on Thursday.
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Electrozinc to be Mothballed by mid-2019


January 15, 2019 - The Electrozinc plant at Vladikavkaz in southern Russia will be mothballed by mid-2019 and is moving all its raw material and unfinished product inventories to Chelyabinsk Zinc Plant (CZP) and other Urals Mining Metallurgical (UMMC) production sites.
  The move follows December's decison by UMMC and Electrozinc to put the plant under care and maintenance indefinitely, after a fire in late October destroyed the electrolytic workshop, a key link in the production chain. The company previously said rebuilding the workshop could take at least 6-8 months.  UMMC said it will carry out a feasibility study before making a decision on the plant's long-term future.  Since the beginning of December, Electrozinc has shipped 16,200t of zinc concentrate, 10,500t of saleable zinc clinker and 1,500t of unfinished product from the Vladikavkaz site to UMMC's plants in the Urals. It had to temporarily restart the secondary roaster — used to separate zinc tailings into zinc and cadmium-bearing oxides and clinker — and the hydro-metallurgical workshop to bring the material-in-process to the intermediate products stage, at which point it could be transported to another plant.  The remaining stocks will be shipped out before the end of the first quarter, Electrozinc said. During the second quarter, all the plant's facilities will be put under care and maintenance.  Before the fire on 21 October, the plant was operating at 77pc of its 95,000 t/yr zinc production capacity. Cadmium and sulphuric acid production were also running at 77pc of capacity. Output in 2018 was estimated at 73,500t of zinc, 300t of cadmium and 124,000 t/yr of sulphuric acid. Electrozinc has no external contracts, and was supplying all its metals production to UMMC.  Sister company CZP, Russia's largest zinc producer, which is receiving the leftover feedstock, has more than double Electrozinc's capacity for producing zinc and cadmium. But it only has limited scope to offset the loss of Electrozinc production, without expansion. CZP said it has made no decision to expand output at this stage.  CZP produced 191,000t of zinc in 2018 and expects to produce 200,000t this year.  The shutdown of Electrozinc means the group will lose a substantial volume of zinc output, but there has so far been no impact on the zinc spot market premium. Some market participants have voiced concern about potential supply tightness in Russia, given that Electrozinc is one of the country's main producers.  If CZP has to supply more of its by-product cadmium to the domestic market to make up for the loss of Electrozinc production, it could have less available this year to export through tenders.  www.argusmedia.com

 

Ind
ia court clears way for Vedanta Smelter restart 

January 8, 2019 - India's Supreme Court has cleared the way for diversified copper producer Vedanta to reopen its Sterlite Copper smelter in Tamil Nadu, after it refused to stay an order for its closure by the provincial government.  The interim ruling "paves the way for the Sterlite Copper plant to reopen" and the company will now file an application to environmental regulator to operate the smelter, a Vedanta spokesman said. The plant has a production capacity of 1.1mn t/yr of sulphuric acid.  India's environmental court the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered the restart of the smelter on 17 December, subject to certain environmental protection measures. The Tamil Nadu government appealed this ruling.  Indian sulphuric acid buyers are upbeat on the restart of the smelter. Some market participants now anticipate that a April start-up could be realistic.  The impact of the Sterlite Copper smelter's shutdown on the domestic sulphuric acid market has been significant because of limited supply options in the region. The operator declared a force majeure on sulphuric acid deliveries following the closure, which pushed consumers into the international spot market for not only sulphuric acid but also sulphur and finished fertilizer products.  Indian sulphuric acid imports reached 1.4mn t in 2018, according to Argus analysis, up by 59pc from 2017.
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