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POWER PLANT – Nikanor copper-cobalt refinery gives nod to ABB

ZURICH, Switzerland - ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, has won a $15-million order to provide ...


ZURICH, Switzerland – ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, has won a $15-million order to provide six thyristor rectifier plants and related engineering and commissioning services for a new copper and cobalt refinery in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The project is a joint venture between NIKANOR and the DRC GOVERNMENT, to rehabilitate the Komoto Oliveira Virgule (KOV) mine, said to be one of the world’s richest large scale copper and cobalt deposits.

A new state-of-the-art refinery capable of producing 250,000 tonnes of LME A-grade copper cathode and 27,500 tonnes of cobalt products per year is being built at the KOV mine. When completed, it will be one of the largest SX/EW refineries in the world. Construction started in 2007 with a 2009 completion date.

ABB’s operations in South Africa will manufacture and manage the company’s portion of the project. The order includes the design, engineering, installation supervision and commissioning of six 52-kA, 225-V DC rectifier plants. ABB will also provide fibre optic current sensors, DC isolators, power factor correction and harmonic filter plants and 66-kV isolators.

ABB, like many companies in the Canadian mining industry, is seeking new employees in Alberta. Please visit www.ABB.ca.


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