The structures, 10m x 10m and 17m high in size, are designed to withstand 280 km/h hurricane winds, as well as mild earthquakes caused by nearby fault lines. Metso ND Engineering used 316L stainless steel, and carefully co-ordinated the three shipments to coincide with Veolia’s ground-up assembly approach.
Veolia has since successfully handed over a completely functional ammonium sulphate extraction plant to the Ambatovy Mine, capable of drying up to 26 tons per hour for sale as a fertiliser to agricultural markets.
The largest crystallisation project designed in South Africa
Because the ammonium sulphate is found in a slurry solution (already stripped of nickel and cobalt by the mine’s main refinement processes), engineers agreed that crystallisation would be the best extraction technology: Crystallisation facilitates large scale evaporation, effectively drying the ammonium sulphate into a waterless and manageable product.
Veolia designed the zero liquid discharge (ZLD) recovery plant, manufactured system components, and project-managed suppliers from around the world, including Metso ND Engineering, to deliver the plant to suit the refinery start-up schedule.
The ammonium sulphate extraction plant will boost Ambatovy’s profitability, while utilising available resources to the maximum. This flagship project will set the trend in the African mining industry to make the most of available mineral assets using viable ZLD and extraction technology.
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1. Veolia has since successfully handed over a completely functional ammonium sulphate extraction plant to the Ambatovy Mine.
Gunter Rencken, Managing Director
Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies South Africa (Pty) Ltd
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