Canadian Mining Journal


MINERAL PROCESSING: Outotec to deliver copper solvent extraction technology to the DRC

Outotec VSF X plant Credit: Outotec

Outotec VSF X plant Credit: Outotec

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Outotec has been awarded a contract by La Sino-Congolaise Des Mines (Sicomines), a joint-venture of companies from China and the DRC, for the delivery of copper solvent extraction technology to Sicomines’ project near Kolwezi. The order, valued at approximately $30 million, has been booked with Outotec’s orders for the second quarter.

Outotec’s scope includes basic engineering, technology and equipment deliveries as well as advisory services for mechanical installation and commissioning and start-up of the modular VSF X copper solvent extraction plant.

“We look forward to working with Sicomines on this project. We will be happy to deliver the technology package including our modern VSF X modular concept and benefits that come with it – a fast-track delivery and installation as well as environmentally friendly and safe performance of the plant. The Sicomines project will be a great reference for Outotec in the active African copper-cobalt market,” Kalle Harkki, head of Outotec’s metals refining business, said in a release.

According to a 2011 paper from the South African Institute of International Affairs, the Congolese and Chinese parties first entered into a memorandum of understanding in 2007 where the latter would invest in infrastructure in exchange for mining concessions. By 2009, a third and amended version of the contract outlined a resource of 10.6 million tonnes of copper and 626,619 tonnes of cobalt within the mining concessions.

Outotec develops technologies and services for the sustainable use of the earth’s natural resources.

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