China Non-ferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering & Construction Company (NFC), which was awarded the contract to build the facility in November, has subcontracted the civil works to the local Tecnicon, which plans to complete within 12-15 months.

NFC’s contract covers basic engineering, supply of equipment and its own technology for the smelter, supervision, commissioning and training. Key equipment, including transformers and compressors, is set to come from European companies. The project is due to be completed within three-four years.

Iralco is negotiating with international companies for the construction of a petroleum coke calcining plant (MEED 26:7:02).