UHT has received an order from Horizonte Minerals PLC to supply a GRANSHOT® granulation unit to their new ferronickel refining plant in Conceição do Araguaia, Brazil.
Horizonte’s new mine and refining facility will serve the high demand for ferronickel within the stainless steel industry. The GRANSHOT unit in Araguaia is expected to be commissioned by Q1 2024 and will have a capacity of 90 tonnes per hour.
Today, a large and increasing part of the FeNi on the world market is granulated. With several FeNi granulation installations stretching from South America to the Asia Pacific region, UHT is now the world leading supplier of FeNi granulation technology. The GRANSHOT process converts liquid metal into granules by rapid solidification in water. The granules are homogenous in composition and easy to handle, store, and transport.
UHT’s long experience in the field and the company’s continuous research and development have resulted in a unique process technology with a rotating tundish specifically designed for the granulation of ferroalloys and steel to improve the granule properties. The molten metal is granulated through the rotating tundish that distributes the metal through nozzle outlets over the water surface into the GRANSHOT reactor tank where the metal is solidified into granules.
The scope of supply for the GRANSHOT unit at Horizonte’s ferronickel plant in Araguaia includes detailed engineering and the supply of key equipment, as well as a Level 1 automation system.