Glencore Technology Introduces World’s First Portable Furnace
18 November 2021
Glencore Technology’s ISASMELTTM team have introduced the world’s first portable furnace using the same unique top-submerged lance technology of a full-scale ISASMELTTM.
The ISASMELT™ F600 will enable operations and universities to test in a day and on location, what used to take months using an external provider.
Operation is straightforward. Oxygen enriched air is injected from the lance to produce a turbulent bath in which the feed is reacted. When required, the lance is removed and the furnace tilted to remove the product through the front spout. The off-gas from the vessel and any fume from the tapped product is drawn away using a bespoke off-gas system.
Shipment and installation are also simplified. The F600 arrives in a shipping container, pre-tested and partially disassembled into five crates. Once assembled, it’s just three metres at its highest point, so it can be installed anywhere.
Unusually for what is essentially a furnace, Glencore Technology have announced the F600 is available for purchase at USD $450,000 and that hire options are also available.
ISASMELT™ Technology Manager Dr. Stanko Nikolic said, “The F600 is a big enabler for operations all around the world. It’s been designed to be easy to use yet highly flexible. It’s pre-commissioned, so there are no surprises. And yet it’s customisable, so it’ll perform R&D test work on any process.”
He suggested that clients, as an owner-operator, could now replicate their existing smelter and test sustainable operation with new feed materials, reducing risk and keeping all the know-how.
“The F600 is flexible enough to enable a lot of objectives to be achieved. For example, you can create a new flowsheet. You can replicate your smelter. You can test new ore bodies and feeds, like tailings and slags. Or you can easily enhance a university’s capabilities”, said Dr Nikolic.
The key factors, he said were that it allows sites to test new processes and feeds, it provides clarity before and during various stages of a project and it’s affordable and easy to use.
The F600 is available now through Glencore Technology.