Speciality Precious Metals Processing are undertaking pilot confirmatory testing and product preparation for their new antimony/gold processing technology. Simulus Laboratories have been engaged to provide a custom fabricated kiln discharge and off gas handing system to be retro-fitted to Simulus’ existing 3m x 300mm rotary kiln. The engagement follows a recommendation from WorleyParsons, the project EPCM contractor, after they undertook a global search to identify the most suitable facility for the desired testing. Simulus Laboratories are honoured to have been selected to complete this exciting and challenging program of work.
A description of the project from SPMP’s website is provided below.
Project: Antimony Roasting Facility
Location: Port of Sohar Free Zone, Sultanate of Oman
Size: 200,000 m2 (20Ha)
The Project will have a name plate design capacity of 20,000 tonnes antimony per annum in combined metal and antimony tri-oxide (“ATO”) products, representing approximately 12 per cent. of average annual world antimony production over the past five years. The Project is expected to take approximately 18 months to two years to design, engineer, construct and commission to full production.
The location of the facility in the Gulf region provides an excellent centralised logistics route, a supply of secure and relatively inexpensive energy, a modern infrastructure, an experienced workforce and strong industrial partners.
The Project has been designed to produce antimony metal (Regulus) (European Standard Grade 1 & 2) for export and a finished ‘high tint’ ATO, branded as Tri-Star ATO, with low lead (Pb) for the European flame retardant markets, as well as for the wider global chemical markets.