Guangxi Jinchuan Non-Ferrous Metals has received a contract from Outotec to design and deliver a copper production plant to be built in the Fangchenggang port area near Bei Hai in Southern China.

Under the €30m contract, the company will also deliver operating licences for both Outotec Flash Smelting and Kennecott-Outotec Flash Converting technologies, basic engineering and supply proprietary equipment for smelting and converting.

The smelter will have an annual capacity of 400,000t of cathode copper under the first phase, which is expected to start in early 2013.

Outotec will combine its Flash Smelting with Kennecott-Outotec Flash Converting to provide a clean copper smelting method.

The Flash Smelting process will use the reaction heat of concentrate and does not require external fuel.