Glencore Technology Introduces World’s First Portable Furnace

Glencore Technology Introduces World’s First Portable Furnace

Media release
Brisbane, Australia
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. 

For any enquiries, please contact the ISASMELT™ team.