ASA Metals’ chromite sintering plant
Leading environmental solutions company ACTOM Air Pollution Control has been successful in winning a closely contested dust control contract to provide and install a high-performance reverse pulse bag filter for ASA Metals’ chromite pelletising and sintering plant near Burgersfort, Limpopo Province.
The fast-track contract was awarded by the local subsidiary of international minerals and metals processing systems providers Outotec of Finland, suppliers of the sintering plant for ASA Metals’ plant. The contract, awarded in June this year, is due for completion by the end of the year.
ASA Metals is a joint venture between China’s Eastern Asia Metals Investment Company and the Limpopo Economic Development Enterprise of South Africa. The pelletising and sintering plant processes chromite produced at the company’s Dilokong mine nearby.
The bag filter to be manufactured and installed by ACTOM Air Pollution Control will replace an existing wet scrubber used for collection of oxidised chromite prior to sintering, the aim being to increase dust control performance in accordance with current plant requirements, which require emission levels of less than 20 mg/Nm3.
The bag filter, with a capacity of just under 30 m3/sec, will collect oxidised chromite dust at screens, storage bins and conveyor transfer points.
“To minimise disruption of production we are required to assemble the bag filter next to the existing wet scrubber, install the electrics and other auxiliaries and cold commission the filter in preparation for a scheduled shutdown later this year. The shutdown will be of just sufficient duration to enable us to remove the scrubber and connect the inlet and outlet ducting to the bag filter to bring it into operation,” explained Martin Luyt, ACTOM Air Pollution Control’s Sales Engineer.
Cor Greyling, Outotec’s Project Engineer, commented: “ACTOM’s capability of meeting the tight deadline and their competitive pricing were amongst the reasons that tipped the scale in their favour.
“A good track record with proven expertise assisted, but in the end it was the excellent filter capacity and the ability to meet the required emission levels of less than 20 mg/Nm3 that placed ACTOM above the rest of the participating bidders.”
ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer, repairer and distributor of electro-mechanical equipment and provider of turnkey solutions in Southern Africa, employing about 7 500 people with an annual order intake in excess of R7.5bn. It is a black empowered company with 42 operating units, 43 production, service and repair facilities, and 36 distribution outlets throughout Southern Africa.
ACTOM holds numerous technology, distribution and value added reseller agreements with various partners, both locally and internationally.
For further information contact Des Tuck, ACTOM Air Pollution Control
PO Box 4051, Cresta 2118
Tel (011) 478-0456 Fax (011) 478-0371
Press release compiled by Julian Kraft, J Kraft Public Relations
PO Box 2826 Wilropark 1731
Tel (011) 472-6686 Fax 086-613-9657
Date: July 31, 2012
Caption: A bag filter produced and erected by ACTOM Air Pollution Control for a similar application as that covered by the recently awarded contract for ASA Metals’ chromite pelletising and sintering plant.