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St Petersburg State Mining Institute, Russia’s PhosAgro and Denmark’s FLSmidth A/S sign technological and project cooperation agreement to upgrade Pikalevo manufacturing complex

27 April 2011

Valby (Denmark), April 26, 2011 – The St Petersburg Plekhanov State Mining Institute (Technical University), OJSC PhosAgro and Denmark’s FLSmidth have signed an agreement on technological and project cooperation aimed at upgrading the facilities of the Pikalevo manufacturing complex. The signing ceremony was part of the official program of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s visit to the Kingdom of Denmark.

Among the members of the Russian delegation that took part in the official signing ceremony were Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov, Transport Minister Igor Levitin, Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik and Andrey Guryev, a member of the Federation Council and Vice President of the Russian Chemists Union.

The document was signed by Vladimir Litvinenko, Rector of the St Petersburg Plekhanov State Mining Institute (Technical University), Maxim Volkov, CEO of OJSC PhosAgro, and Jørgen Huno Rasmussen, CEO of FLSmidth A/S. 

The agreement provides for the finalization of technology for the resource-saving dry method of preparation of limestone-nepheline charge and its sintering in intensive devices. Once the technology is finalized it should become the cornerstone of a future technological overhaul of the Pikalevo manufacturing complex as well as possible construction of new facilities for processing nepheline concentrate.

The technology is expected to reduce energy consumption while increasing the plant’s production capacity. This will help meet the objectives of efficient processing of nepheline concentrate set out in the Pikalevo manufacturing complex modernization program.

One of the priorities of the cooperation agreement is the development of a high unit capacity dry belite sludge technology cement plant project.

The Pikalevo manufacturing complex modernization program is being developed on instruction from and with direct participation of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. The joint working group on the modernization of the Pikalevo manufacturing complex comprises representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the St Petersburg State Mining Institute, the Russian National Aluminium-Magnesium Institute, PhosAgro, Basel Cement-Pikalevo, Pikalevsky Cement and Pikalevskaya Soda.