On August 9, the AAL Dampier, a general cargo ship owned and operated by Singapore-based breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift carrier AAL, delivered a giant Electrostatic Precipitator (ESP) module to Port Pirie’s smelting facility in Southern Australia.
Operated by Nyrstar, an integrated mining and metals processing business, the smelting facility is said to be one of the world’s largest.
The 41-meter long and 21-meter high module weighed 530mt and is the largest component to be shipped for Pirie’s ongoing Redevelopment Project. The project will convert the aged smelter into a modern multi-metals processing and recovery facility.
The massive ESP unit was shipped from the Yanda Module Yard in Jiangsu China and was lifted and loaded in the Port of Nantong using the 700mt combined lifting capacity of AAL’s 19,000 dwt S-Class vessel.
The ESP unit is part of an Off Gas System that will draw Sulphur Dioxide rich gas and fumes generated from the Top Submerged Furnace (TSL) and ‘electrostatically’ charge them, removing solid particles and enabling ‘clean gas’ to continue into the Acid Plant process.
Image Courtesy: AAL