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:: Outotec Receives Samarco's Excellence Award

Outotec has been awarded the "Premio Samarco de Excelencia 2008" by the Brazilian iron ore producer Samarco Mineracao. The award is recognition for Outotec's performance during the implementation of Samarco's third pelletizing plant project and in particular for Outotec's high standard of services and supplies, ability to meet deadlines, social responsibility and safety at work.

In determining its best suppliers, Samarco utilizes a quality index for contracted services and supplies and makes quarterly evaluations of its suppliers in terms of their adherence to international environmental as well as health and safety standards.

Thomas Schwalm, project manager from Outotec, says: "The project team put in a record performance with regard to health and safety measures as well as environmental compliancy, executing almost four million man hours without lost time due to injuries, zero lost work days and zero environmental incidents."

"In addition to the successful implementation of some novel technical processes, which have allowed the plant to become a model of energy-efficient pelletizing, the project goals were accomplished within a very tight delivery time of thirty months," he says.

Outotec designed Samarco Mineracao's newpelletizing furnace for annual capacity of 7.25 million tonnes of iron ore, making it the world's largest iron ore pelletizing plant. The pelletizing furnace was commissioned in April.

Outotec's lump-sum turnkey delivery began in 2005 and included test work, design, engineering, equipment supplies, construction, commissioning and technical assistance with the core plant, which involved a traveling grate indurating furnace, process fans, gas cleaning equipment and auxiliary installations.




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