Outotec and Finnish multi-metal company Terrafame have agreed on the delivery of pressure leaching and solvent extraction technologies for a battery chemicals plant to be built in Sotkamo.The two firms had already agreed on a supply deal, but had yet to confirm the specifications.The total order value booked in the December quarter order intake is approximately €34 million ($39 million).Outotec has partnered with Terrafame on this project since the prefeasibility study phase, helping the firm design the 170,000 t/y of nickel sulphate and 7,400 t/y of cobalt sulphate plant, which will be built nearby to the company’s existing mine.“Outotec’s scope of delivery comprises the technology and engineering of the leaching and solvent extraction plants, supply of proprietary equipment as well as advisory services for installation, training, commissioning and start-up,” the company said.The battery chemicals plant is expected to be ready for commissioning in 2020. As a by-product, the plant will produce approximately 115,000 t/y of ammonium sulphate used as a fertiliser and in process industry.Kalle Härkki, Head of Outotec’s Metals, Energy & Water business unit, said: “We are pleased to be Terrafame’s trusted technology partner in this project. The demand for battery chemicals is expected to grow significantly in the future and we have the required expertise and proprietary equipment for their processing.”Terrafame confirmed in October that it would go ahead with building the plant after securing the €240 million ($273 million) it needed for construction.
TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY said he accepts the decision of the electorate in the local elections — but he’s issued a reminder that there’s no “pot of gold” available for an exchequer spending splurge.Speaking to RTÉ’s Claire Byrne this afternoon in the wake of a surge for Sinn Féin and independent candidates in the local elections, he said that those incoming councillors would soon be faced with difficult financial decisions at local level.He said:We’ve been very clear with the people that there is no pot of gold, but that any flexibility or resources available to the Minister for Finance in preparation not only for this forthcoming Budget but the one after that, we’ll be giving back to people and families and people who need that.He said those Budget decisions depended on the strength of the economy.In terms of the election results, which show Fine Gael and Labour filling less than 130 of the 480 seats decided so far, he said they were a “stark reminder” of people’s frustration and anger. He said other parties and candidates had campaigned on the basis “that there were pots of gold available”, adding…Well, there aren’t.-“The decision of the people stands and its consequences will last for a number of years,” the Taoiseach said.“There’s been a major shift in people voting for Sinn Féin and independents.”RTÉ ScreengrabIn terms of the internal difficulties within Labour in the wake of their vote collapse, he said both parties had gone into Government with “eyes wide open” in agreement that the country’s problems were never going to be solved by “pious aspirations”.He said Labour had “stepped up to the mark” and made the hard decisions necessary.On the question of whether Eamon Gilmore should remain in charge, he said that he wouldn’t comment on another party’s leadership, but paid tribute to the Tánaiste’s performance as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.Speaking yesterday, Labour deputy leader Joan Burton declined to be drawn on whether she might stage a heave on Gilmore, saying “I am not going to call anything like that until we get the final results in”.On the Tánaiste’s future, she said: “Eamon Gilmore is the elected leader of the Labour Party and of course I have confidence in Eamon Gilmore.”Read: Joan Burton: The Labour Party has taken a shellacking from citizensRead: Election 2014 Liveblog: Local and European results as they happen