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Planet Positive tech for precious metals plant

Metso Outotec has received an order for the engineering and delivery of key equipment for the expansion of a precious metals recycling plant.

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The Finnish company’s equipment delivery consists of a direct current (DC) furnace with feeding equipment and process control system.


The customer and the value of the contract was not disclosed. The order has been booked in the Metals division’s Q2 2021 order intake. The firm that that, typically, this type of an order is in the range of €8M to €15M.


“We are excited about this order, as it will strengthen our position in treatment of secondary raw materials. Our DC furnace technology is well suited for secondary smelting applications, including precious metal recycling. This delivery is well in line with our strategy to grow in circular economy,” said Jyrki Makkonen, vice president, Smelting business line at Metso Outotec.


Precious metals play an essential role in building more sustainable societies. For example, they are used as catalysts in controlling automotive exhaust emissions. Precious metals can be recycled an infinite number of times.


Metso Outotec said its pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical technologies are well suited for the processing of secondary raw materials, including valuable metals like copper and platinum.


The Planet Positive multi-purpose Ausmelt and Kaldo processes can be used for integrated primary smelting and standalone smelting, complemented with efficient gas cleaning systems. Metso Outotec said that further refining can be accomplished with its state-of-the-art electrorefining and electrowinning processing technologies.


The Metso Outotec DC furnace is based on proprietary technology featuring advanced environmental performance and efficient slag and alloy separation providing high metal recoveries.


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