Cristal Global, Outotec to build ilmenite-processing plant

Cristal Global, an integrated chemical and pigments company, has partnered with Outotec to build a new fully scalable ilmenite-processing plant in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.

The plant, to be built on a turnkey basis, uses 800,000 tons of ilmenite ore as feedstock to produce 500,000 tons of 85% titanium dioxide (TiO2) slag and 235,000 tons of pig iron.

The firms expects the plant to produce 1,000,000 tons of TiO2 slag.

The ilmenite plant is anticipated to come on-stream in Q4, 2013.