Thickeners fast-tracked for nickel project

OUTOTEC, formerly Outokumpu Technology, has delivered a pair of paste and high rate concentrate thickeners, for rapid installation to Allegiance Mining’s new $77 million Avebury nickel project in Tasmania.

OUTOTEC, formerly Outokumpu Technology, has delivered a pair of paste and high rate concentrate thickeners, for rapid installation to Allegiance Mining’s new $77 million Avebury nickel project in Tasmania.

The 14 m tailings paste and 8 m concentrate high rate thickener will each feature bolted tanks designed to radically decrease installation time.

Outotec’s Manager for Thickening technology in Australia, Duncan Wyatt, says the time savings will be particularly important in helping Allegiance capitalize on high nickel prices from Avebury, where mining commenced this year and ore is being stockpiled for mill commissioning in the last quarter of 2007.

Avebury is expected to produce 7500 to 8500 tpa of nickel metal in concentrate.

“Not only will the SUPAFLO technology assist Allegiance in achieving early production, but also the technology itself will help maximize recoveries while minimizing energy and service needs,” Wyatt said.

“Our competitive edge for Avebury was industry experience and a novel tank design, coupled with professional testwork and fast-track delivery for the third quarter of this year.”

Outotec Pty Ltd

karl.deitz@outotec.com

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