Metso awarded detailed engineering contract by Rio Tinto

by David Fleschen

Rio Tinto has awarded Metso a detailed design and engineering contract for their continuous pilot plant (CPP) for the BioIron process. The contract is an extension of the work that Rio Tinto and Metso have been doing together on the development of the BioIron process, the effectiveness of which was successfully proven through small-scale pilot tests conducted at Metso’s Research Center in Frankfurt, Germany.

Rio Tinto aims to move further towards full-scale implementation of the BioIron technology through operation of a CPP. Metso has been entrusted with the detailed design of the CPP’s reduction furnace and certain other equipment for the BioIron process.

“This work is the key next step in the development of the BioIron technology and builds on the success of the research and development team,” says David Leigh, General Manager Steel Decarbonization at Rio Tinto.

“We are very excited to continue the close working relationship with Rio Tinto and to provide engineering and design support as we move to the next phase of development of the BioIron technology,” says Matthias Gabriel, Director, Ferrous at Metso.

Source and Photo: Metso

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