Magnesium Metal Assignment Examples
Advanced Pidgeon Process and Electrolytic SmeltingMagnesium Alloys + Minerals + Extrusions + Die Casting + Powders + Granules
TRU Magnesium Team claims the world's strongest capability in magnesium metal and downstream products. One of the reasons for this is that TRU president and our other consultants have spent many years employed in the magnesium industry.* There has only been one small magnesium smelter built in the west within the last twenty years [despite attempts that were technical failures] and China still dominates magnesium supply. Our team for years has been active in China, providing technical and marketing advice to several operations as well as in the west, providing application expertise to users in Europe, North America and Middle East.
TRU was recently engaged on -
Project Due Diligence
Magnesium Electrolytic Smelter and Alloy Plant
Investor Due Diligence on behalf of potential investors for the $600 million Egyptian Magnesium Company electrolytic magnesium smelter and alloy plant. In particular TRU conducted a technical evaluation of what was stated to be the DOW magnesium process (magnesite rather than sea water) and assessed the plans for production of magnesium alloys. TRU also evaluated and re-stated the marketing and financial plan, and modified the financial model.
Bankable Feasibility Study Magnesium Metal Complex
Magnesium Pidgeon Process Smelter, Mag Alloy Plant, Downstream Mg Components
TRU conducted a detailed bankable feasibility study involving all aspects technical, engineering, business and financing of a completely new magnesium metal, alloy and downstream plant [powder, granules, extrusions, parts]. Process developed by TRU was a blend of western and chinese technology. Bankable study included obtaining equipment quotations globally from equipment vendors. Recommended equipment and plant design, marketing & distribution, financial viability and assisted in implementation. Project is ongoing in 2012.
Price, Supply-Demand Forecasting
Magnesium Long Range Price Forecast
For a number of clients TRU magnesium consultants has provided custom magnesium price forecasts through 2013. This TRU forecast took into account production cost differences between China and the west, import and dumping duties in the United States, and several other determining factors such as global magnesium supply-demand. TRU monitors the magnesium market and is especially in touch with the magnesium industry in China through our strong China Beijing presence.
Plant Bankable Feasibility
Magnesium Extrusion and High Pressure Die Casting Plant
TRU magnesium consulting undertook a bankable feasibility study of a magnesium Extrusion and High Pressure Die Casting Plant as part of a magnesium metal smelting and alloy smelter. This involved the TRU technical and business team designing and specifying all aspects of the plant. A full business plan requiring bankable feasibility accuracy was prepared.
Magnesium Minerals and Magnesium Process Related
Dolomite, Coke-oven-gas, Ferrosilicon
TRU magnesium consultant has also undertaken several magnesium ore assignments, for example, dolomite exploration & mining, mineral process development on other magnesium minerals such as magnesite, serpentine, carnelite, brucite, huntite, calcite and sea water. For example, in the last year TRU was engaged on:
- Serpentine - Due Diligence for a Silica Magnesium Project in the Gulf Corporation Council States in which serpentine is the mineral feedstock for multiple plants including magnesium metal (firstly by converting serpentinized ore to carnelite) and specialty silica products - precipitated silica, colloidal silica, fumed silica and silica gel. TRU has developed a plan for further development of the project which is ongoing in 2009.
- Brucite - Feasibility of a Romanian magnesium smelter that would use local Calcite-Brucite mineral feedstock. TRU has been engaged for some time on technical studies to determine the amenability of the brucite to Pidgeon process production of magnesium metal, as well as undertaking a feasibility study. Calcined lime will also be produced as a bi-product for regional construction project. Local coal is being investigated by TRU as an energy source (conversion to coke-oven-gas and coal coke). In 2012 TRU is conducting commercial scale pilot testing of the Romanian brucite in China. This and further update analysis will end in a detailed bankable study to be completed by mid-year 2012.
TRU is expert on magnesium production using conventional pidgeon, russian, Dow, chinese, magnola, and western technology as well as the experimental and "improved" processes under development such as Orion Laboratories, Zuliani and MINTEK. We have also studied dolime [intermediate dolomite calcining kiln product], ferrosilicon [required in Pidgeon process magnesium smelting process], retort manufacturing plant design, coal coke-oven-gas / coal gasifier [used extensively in China as the fuel in the retort furnaces], magnesium applications [including lithium-magnesium cells].
TRU claims the Worlds Most Qualified Magnesium Team. Magnesium smelting is designated a TRU Frontier Industy. Our magnesium industry capability is diverse and comprehensive. Our team world renown some with over twenty years direct hands on experince working for magnesium metal producing companies.
Edward R. Anderson, B.Sc. (Eng)., Dpl (Marketing Research)., MBA., FCIArb
Project Director, Edward R. Anderson, B.Sc. (Eng)., Dpl (Marketing Research)., MBA., FCIArb., spent ten years as Director Corporate Planning at Timminco Ltd, the west's only commercial scale Pidgeon process magnesium producer. He is an expert on business, marketing, financial, and the technical aspects of magnesium metal & alloy.