20-Oct-2004 - Emerson Process Management

Emerson wins $4 million contract to automate mineral extraction process at new Boliden plant in Norway

Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson announced that it has won a $4 million contract to automate the modernization and expansion of the zinc extraction process for Boliden Odda AS, a major zinc producer and refiner in Norway. Engineering is under way, and start-up is complete in the first phase of the project.

As main automation contractor, Emerson is planning, designing, and engineering the automation aspects of the project, including installation of its PlantWeb® digital plant architecture to optimize the new extraction process in Odda, Norway. Boliden Odda will benefit from advanced control and improved process uptime and maintenance efficiency, while maintaining its excellent environmental performance.

"We are pleased to help Boliden Odda AS by augmenting the production efficiency of their new process with the efficiency improvements delivered by PlantWeb," commented John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management. "PlantWeb has delivered dramatic reductions in project engineering costs, and significant improvement in operations efficiency in thousands of installations around the world."

The new direct leaching process of zinc concentrates was designed to improve the cost efficiency and versatility of production. It will enable the use of a wider quality range of zinc concentrates, increasing the volume to the plant by about 10 percent. The modernization will lay the foundation for cost efficient technology in any future expansion.

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