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Emerson Selected by Leading Mining and Metals Company to Automate Nickel Recovery Plant

AUSTIN - Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson has been chosen by Inco Ltd., Toronto, the world's second largest producer of nickel, to automate a 1/100th scale demonstration processing plant currently under construction in Argentia, Newfoundland.

The Argentia plant is being built to demonstrate the technical and economic validity of Inco's hydrometallurgy (hydromet) technology to process nickel concentrate. In the event the hydrometallurgical technology proves successful, a full-scale commercial plant using this technology will be built by the end of 2011.

The project includes installing Emerson's PlantWeb® digital plant architecture to automate the new demonstration plant. PlantWeb diagnostics will continuously monitor the health of the process, instruments, and equipment, and will inform personnel of any issues that need attention, plus will provide guidance for operators and maintenance staff to address potential problems before they diminish process performance or cause shutdowns.

"The demonstration facility is the precursor of a commercial plant," said John Casson of Voisey's Bay Nickel Company Ltd (VBNC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Inco. "The PlantWeb architecture will allow us to save substantially in installation and commissioning costs while enhancing diagnostics and making the entire system easier to configure, commission, and maintain."

"The demonstration facility is being built on an extremely fast track," continued Casson. "We are supported by substantial technical assistance from Lakeside Process Controls Ltd. in Toronto and Laurentide Controls Ltd., Montreal, Emerson's local business partners in eastern Canada. Two companies from Newfoundland and Labrador, Sea Systems Inc. and Avalon Controls & Instrumentation Ltd., are also providing key talent and services to the project. Lakeside serves as a single point of contract for VBNC and SGE Hatch, the process and automation consultant in St. John's. Laurentide, through Avalon Controls & Instrumentation, is managing the automation supply contracts for the demonstration plant and providing on-site liaison with SGE Hatch."

"We are gratified with Inco's selection of PlantWeb advanced functionality and technology to automate its valuable new mineral recovery technology," said John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management. "We're confident that the proven innovation and efficiency of PlantWeb will add value to the new hydromet minerals processing approach."

Miércoles, 27 Julio, 2005 - 04:21
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