Outotec to revamp Chile’s Potrerillos copper smelter

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Kimmo Kontola (Pic By Outotec)

Kimmo Kontola (Pic By Outotec)

Outotec said it has been awarded a contract to revamp and upgrade the Potrerillos copper smelter and sulfuric acid plant of Codelco Salvador Division in northern Chile, in order to comply with the new Chilean environmental regulations that are due to come into force in 2018.

According to the company, the value of the order is approximately EUR 64 million, of which one third has been booked in Outotec’s third quarter order intake and the rest in the fourth quarter 2014 order intake.

Outotec’s scope of delivery includes detailed engineering of the revamp, equipment supply and technical assistance during the construction, commissioning and start up of the smelter and acid plant. Equipment deliveries consist of, among other things, gas collecting hoods for the existing converters, revamp of the dry electrostatic and wet precipitators and gas ducts, a catalytic converter and an effluent treatment plant with additional water management plant equipment.

“This is a good example of how Codelco and Outotec work together, combining their efforts to secure business sustainability and the necessary care of environment in a profitable way”, said Kimmo Kontola, head of Outotec’s Americas region.

“Through advanced technology we can extend the life cycle of our customers’ facilities. Specialized technical services are always part of a long-term business relationship with our customers, providing added value beyond equipment supply”, added Robin Lindahl, head of Outotec’s Metals, Energy & Water business area.


The company was recently awarded a EUR 17 million contract to modernise BCL’s the nickel flash smelting furnace in Selebi Phikwe, Botswana.


“The modernization of BCL’s smelter demonstrates our commitment to being our customer’s partner over the life cycle of the investment, from initial technology delivery to shutdown services, upgrades, rebuild of the entire furnace, integrating modern technology and providing long-term maintenance services, thus continuously improving our customer’s productivity”, Adel Hattab, President of Outotec’s EMEA region said at the time.


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