Bateman wins sulfuric acid contract
LONDON -- Bateman Engineering has signed a contract with Dynatec Madagascar SA (DMSA), valued at approximately $100 million, for the provision of sulfuric acid facilities for its Ambatovy Nickel project in Madagascar.
The engineering and procurement project is to commence immediately with mechanical completion of the first of the two sulfuric acid plants scheduled for September 2009, with the first sulfuric acid plant to be commissioned immediately thereafter and the second one following approximately three months later.
The contract covers the design, engineering and procurement of a single sulfur melting and filtration circuit with two separate stand alone 2,750 tons per day sulfuric acid plants, thus providing 5,500 tons per day of acid production capacity.
The process engineering will be undertaken in collaboration with Canadian technology company NORAM Engineering and Constructors Limited who are the holders of the underlying process technology, and with whom Bateman Engineering have entered into a long term Technology License Agreement.
Commenting on the award, Dr. Sivi Gounden, chief executive officer of Bateman Engineering, said “This contract is the first ‘greenfield’ sulfuric acid plant to be built by Bateman Engineering in the recent past and therefore marks an important re-entry into this significant utility market together with our technology partners, NORAM. We see this as a key opportunity to build a state-of-the-art reference plant.”