Ferronickel Plant Ordered for Korea

Mar. 05, 2013

Tokyo, March 5, 2013 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today that it has received an order for the main equipment of a ferronickel plant from SNNC Co., Ltd.*. In this project, Kawasaki will be responsible for the design and equipment supply of the plant's rotary dryer and rotary kilns, as well as engineering of the entire plant.

Kawasaki also supplied the first plant in Phase 1 of the project, which was ordered in July 2006. The first plant is capable of producing 30,000 tons of nickel per year, making it one of the largest ferronickel plants in the world.

Kawasaki earned high marks for its plant engineering capabilities in Phase 1 by completing the plant approximately three months ahead of schedule, bringing the plant into operation in October 2008. The latest order attests to the recognition given to Kawasaki's reliability, as well as its proven expertise in nickel processing and excellent support system.
The plant ordered for Phase 2 of the project is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2014. When Phase 2 is completed, SNNC's combined nickel production capacity will add up to 54,000 tons per year.

Kawasaki also signed a deal in February 2013 to build an additional ferronickel plant for PT Antam Tbk in Indonesia jointly with PT Wijaya Karya (Persero) Tbk, a leading construction firm in the country.

Kawasaki has its sights on promoting its ferronickel business around the world, and the successive orders from Korea and Indonesia mark a major step forward in this effort.

Overview of the Equipment
Delivery site: Gwangyang City, Korea
Equipment type: Rotary dryer and rotary kilns
Order details: Design of rotary dryer and rotary kilns, supply of necessary equipment, and technical assistance on installation and test runs
Production capacity: 54,000 tons of Ni/year (Phase 1 and Phase 2 combined)
Delivery: Scheduled for end of 2014
*SNNC: A joint venture company established by Korea's POSCO and Société Minière du Sud Pacifique SA (SMSP), a mining company based in New Caledonia.


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