SNC-Lavalin awarded contract for sulfuric acid plant in Kazakhstan
10/8/2008
ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a lump-sum engineering and procurement contract by Kazzinc JSC (a division of Glencore) for a new sulfuric acid plant, which will be an integral part of Kazzinc’s new copper smelter in Ust-Kamenogorsk in eastern Kazakhstan. The contract is valued at over CAN $60 million (approximately €42 million).
Using MECS (formerly Monsanto Enviro-Chem Systems) technology, the acid plant will capture sulfur dioxide created during the copper smelting process for use in its own production processes, thereby reducing sulfur dioxide gas emissions in compliance with the local Clean Air Act. Work is set to start immediately, and the plant is scheduled to go into commercial operation in late 2009.
“We worked with Glencore on the Mopani copper mine modernization project in Zambia recently, and are pleased to be working with them again in Kazakhstan,” Vulcan Mutler, president of Fenco, a division of SNC-Lavalin Engineers & Constructors Inc., said. “We see a wide range of opportunities in many of our industry sectors in Kazakhstan and throughout Eurasia.”
SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure, and in the provision of operations and maintenance services. The SNC-Lavalin companies have offices across Canada and in 34 other countries around the world and are currently working in some 100 countries.
Kazzinc is a major fully integrated zinc producer with considerable copper, precious metals and lead credits. All the company's operations are in Kazakhstan spread over six towns. The Ust-Kamenogorsk metallurgical complex consists of an 180,000 ton per year (tpy) zinc refinery, a 140,000 tpy lead smelter and a precious metals refinery. It employs some 22,000 people in mining, mineral processing, metallurgy and power generation.