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Sulphuric Acid - NEWS

Updated March 23, 2017



TikhvinChemMash to deliver tank cars for sulfuric acid to UMMC
Etihad Rail achieves key Stage One sulphur milestone
Potash Ridge Secures Long-Term Supply of Sulphuric Acid
Outotec to deliver two sulfuric acid plants to Iran

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Teck Trail’s new acid plant; Construction slated to begin

March 23, 2017 - Structural element of the new $174 million acid plant at Teck Trail Operations are expected to start taking shape in a few weeks.  Three buildings from the 1960’s and ‘70s have been torn down to make way for the No. 2 acid plant, a carbon copy of the first emissions reducing plant Teck constructed in 2014.  “The project is progressing on schedule”, says Community Relations Leader Catherine Adair.  “We have completed demolition and the majority of excavation.  Foundation work is expected to begin in early April.”  HilTech Contracting and CIMS were awarded the contracts for demolition and site prep, the primary equipment supplier is the same company used for the previous build.  “The main equipment supplier for the project will be the same supplier as the No. 1 acid plant completed in July 2014”, Adair confirmed.  “as the new plant will be a replica of the previously constructed plant”.  Teck estimates approximately 650,000 hours of construction labour will be required to complete the build, which equates to about 160 jobs during construction.  “Contractor selection for foundation work, mechanical, structural and electrical work is currently underway”, Adair sadi.  “And other smaller contracts will be selected throughout the construction.  “The No. 2 acid plant is scheduled to become operational in the summer of 2019.  Over the last 20 years Teck has made significant investments to improve environmental performance at the Trail smelter, which is one of the largest zinc and lead smelting and refining operations in the world.  Notably, the company’s latest air quality summary to the Trail Health and Environment Committee showed that 2016 had the lowest annual average for lead and arsenic ever recorded in community air.  “The new acid plant represents an important investment in the ongoing sustainability and long-term future of Trail Operations”, Adair added.  “The new acid plant will significantly improve operating reliability and flexibility, reducing downtime and maintenance costs”.  SO2 (sulphur dioxide) emissions are projected to reduce a further five percent in addition to the 15 percent reduction in emissions realized from the 2014 installation of the No. 1 acid plant.  The acid plants are part of the process that converts sulphur from feed materials into useful products such as fertilizer.

TikhvinChemMash to deliver tank cars for sulfuric acid to UMMC

March 6, 2017 - CJSC TikhvinChemMash (part of RPC United Wagon Co.) has won a tender of JSC Sredneuralsk Copper Smelter and JSC Svyatogor (part of Ural Mining Metallurgical Co. [UMMC]) for the supply of 24 tank cars for sulfuric acid. Rolling stock has already been dispatched to metallurgical enterprises.  New generation tank cars are equipped with running gear with increased axle load 25 tonne-force. Due to the increased up to 77 short t payload capacity tank car transports by 10% more freight than standard counterparts. Tank car tank design with a ‘broken’ axis ensures achieving maximum draining of the tank.First Tikhvin tank cars of model 15-9545 for sulfuric acid were received by Sredneuralsk Copper Smelter operational use at the end of 2015. Regular exchange of operational use in real conditions made it possible to take into account the customer’s wishes and tailor the tank cars to the metallurgical plant specific features. Thanks to the successful experience of tank cars operational use and freight traffic efficiency of this rolling stock UMMC was able to take a decision on a further replenishment of its fleet with TikhvinChemMash tank cars.Alexey Kukushkin, Deputy Director for Commercial and Financial Issues at JSC Sredneuralsk Copper Smelter, said: “For us it is vital to enhance transport security of supplies of the plant products. Not so long ago we updated our automobile fleet with transport means possessing modern control systems and advanced ergonomics. Today our goal is to replenish freight cars fleet. When choosing a rolling stock, its failure-free operation and high efficiency of freight traffic in it play a crucial role. UWC tank cars meet our requirements in terms of these indicators.” www.worldfertilizer.com

Etihad Rail achieves key Stage One sulphur milestone


February 18, 2017 - Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE's multi-billion dollar fully integrated national railway network, has since commencing Stage One operations, transported 10 million tonnes of granulated sulphur for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) as of February 10, from sources at Shah and Habshan to its point of export at Ruwais.  Since having received approval for commercial operations from the Federal Transport Authority’s (FTA) – Land and Maritime in December 2015, two trains move along the Stage One network daily under the current timetable, each carrying up to 11,000 tonnes of granulated sulphur.  To date, the monthly average tonnage of sulphur transported stands at 410,000 tonnes, with the seven million tonne mark having been surpassed at the end of August 2016.  “The Etihad Rail project is emblematic of our zest for sustainable development, fostering innovation, and unsurpassed commitment toward revolutionising the UAE’s socio-economic landscape,” remarked Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, the chief executive of Etihad Rail.  The 1,200-km-long Etihad Rail network is part of the government’s plans to invest in excellent transport infrastructure, with the aim being to further strengthen the UAE’s position as a leading logistics hub, facilitating connectivity between trading partners in the region and beyond, through integration with key ports of the Gulf and Arabian seas.  Stretching a distance of 264-km, Stage One links the sulphur sources of Shah and Habshan to the export point of Ruwais via the Mirfa depot.  Built to international standards, Stage One utilises seven state-of-the-art locomotives from US-based Electro-Motive Diesel, with wagons supplied by China’s CSR Corporation.  Etihad Rail is being developed in line with the core tenets of Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 and UAE Vision 2021, which collectively call for economic diversification through strategic initiatives set to bolster UAE socio-economic growth.  "Stage One’s continued progress underpins our vision to create significant benefits to the UAE through a faster, safer and more reliable alternative transport system," remarked Al Mazrouei.  "Transporting high volumes of sulphur per year is only the beginning of our efforts to expand the UAE’s logistics capabilities when transferring goods and raw materials from their source points to their final destinations," he added.  At full capacity, Stage One of Etihad Rail is poised to transport more than seven million tonnes of granulated sulphur annually. TradeArabia News Service

Potash Ridge Secures Long-Term Supply of Sulphuric Acid

January 30, 2017 - Potash Ridge Corporation (the "Corporation") (TSX:PRK), a near term producer of premium fertilizer in North America, today announced that is has signed a five year agreement with a major North American supplier for 100% of the Corporation's sulphuric acid requirements for its Valleyfield Project ("Valleyfield") in Valleyfield, Quebec. Valleyfield is a planned 40,000 tonne per year potassium sulphate ("SOP") fertilizer production facility that will utilize the proven Mannheim Process."This supply agreement secures the supply and price of our second largest raw material input cost for the long-term," said Guy Bentinck, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The next steps to constructing Valleyfield will be permitting, finalizing the $50 million financing requirement, and securing SOP off-take agreements, all of which are expected in early 2017."This five-year agreement is effective upon commencement of Valleyfield's operations. Construction is scheduled to start in early 2017, with commissioning anticipated nine to twelve months after construction start-up.Valleyfield's production of SOP will serve the growing market demand for low-chloride fertilizers for a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and other chloride intolerant crops in eastern Canada and throughout the U.S. eastern seaboard.

Outotec to deliver two sulfuric acid plants to Iran

January 2017 - Outotec has agreed with National Iranian Copper Industries Company (NICICO) on the delivery of two sulfuric acid plants for the Sarcheshmeh and Khatoon Abad copper smelters in the Kerman province in Iran. The value of the orders, approximately EUR 50 million, has been covered by a confirmed Letter of Credit and booked in Outotec's Q4/2016 order intake.

Outotec's scope of delivery includes engineering, main process equipment and instrumentation for the acid plants as well as spare parts and supervisory services for installation and commissioning. Outotec's deliveries will take place in mid-2018.

"We are pleased to complement our earlier deliveries of Flash Smelting technology for NICICO's two copper smelters with modern Outotec off-gas cleaning systems and sulfuric acid plants. With these investments, the smelters will have full compliance with the latest environmental standards", says Kalle Härkki, head of Outotec's Metals, Energy & Water business unit.