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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Middle East & Asia: February 5th 2018


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:: TOMRA Delivers the World's Largest Sensor-Based Sorting System


TOMRA Sorting Mining has successfully delivered the world's largest sensor-based sorting system for the greenfield plant at Umm Wu'al, Saudia Arabia. The plant is part of the Waad Al Shamal phosphate project, a joint venture between Saudi Arabian Mining Company Ma'aden, Mosaic and SABIC.

After extensive testing, TOMRA's COM series XRT sorters were chosen for the new $560 million processing plant, which is capable of processing 13.5 million tons of raw material per year. The systems sort more than 70 percent of the run-of-mine material by removing flint stones from the phosphate in order to reduce the silicon content, resulting in a significantly reduced downstream process.

Tord Svensson, Head of TOMRA Sorting Mining, said: "We are proud to have been selected by Ma'aden to deliver the world's largest sensor-based sorting plant. Our involvement in the plant design stage enabled us to develop a smaller process design without compromising performance." The smaller plant footprint and advanced design considerably reduce the consumption of energy, water and chemicals per ton of final product.




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