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PyroGenesis completes plasma torch delivery

2022-07-05 13:42 ET - News Release

Mr. Peter Pascali reports


PyroGenesis Canada Inc. has completed the delivery of its one-megawatt plasma torch to client A, for use in the company's iron ore pelletization system, a key upstream part of the steelmaking process. With all contracted components related to the company's plasma torch system now on site, next steps can proceed at the discretion of the client.

"This on-schedule delivery signals the push into the final leg of this journey," said P. Peter Pascali, chief executive officer and chair of PyroGenesis. "Since we announced our participation in the international consortium studying the use of plasma in iron ore pelletization for the first time, the response to the possibilities presented by our plasma torches, and the subsequent scale at which several of the world's largest iron ore producers and steelmakers have been willing to investigate such a major change to their process in partnership with PyroGenesis, has been remarkable."

The installation of the plasma torch system and all related peripherals is estimated to take approximately three to four weeks, after which a site acceptance test (SAT) will be performed.

The SAT was initially scheduled to be completed for the end of July, 2022. The client has recently informed PyroGenesis that it would prefer to extend the process by up to an additional 90 days. This additional time was requested due to delays in implementing significant modifications to its site that the client is making, at its expense. The client has assured PyroGenesis that all required civil, electrical and mechanical engineering work are advancing as required and this process extension represents changes to scheduling and reallocation of materials and staff, with all objectives remaining the same.

"It is extremely exciting to have a technology that can directly and significantly reduce carbon emissions in the upstream step of steelmaking. It is such a rare opportunity," continued Mr. Pascali. "By replacing heavily polluting diesel and bunker fuel burners with clean combustion-less plasma torches, iron ore pelletizers around the world will dramatically reduce their reliance on environmentally damaging fossil fuels. And now, after extensive modelling, simulations, business case development, production and live factory tests -- during a period that was engulfed by a global pandemic -- our plasma torch system for iron ore pelletization is now on site with the client in preparation for first-ever live factory usage toward that carbon reduction goal. We are excited to have reached this final stage and we look forward to working with the client during the installation and final site acceptance testing phase."

As previously disclosed, client A is a multibillion-dollar international producer of iron ore pellets and one of the largest in the industry, whose name will remain confidential for competitive reasons. The client, which has committed to reduce its GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions, has over 10 iron ore pelletization plants, each possibly requiring up to 50 plasma torches, or more than 500 torches in total.

It has also been previously disclosed that the client requested and received from PyroGenesis a cost estimate for 36 plasma torches of between $75-million (U.S.) to $95-million (U.S.) (equivalent of $95-million (Canadian) to $115-million (Canadian)).

PyroGenesis holds the global patent for the use of plasma torches in iron ore pelletization.

About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

PyroGenesis Canada, a high-tech company, is a leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes and sustainable solutions which reduce greenhouse gases and are economically attractive alternatives to conventional dirty processes. PyroGenesis has created proprietary, patented and advanced plasm a technologies that are being vetted and adopted by multiple multibillion-dollar industry leaders in four massive markets: iron ore pelletization, aluminum, waste management and additive manufacturing. With a team of experienced engineers, scientists and technicians working out of its Montreal office and its 3,800-square-metre and 2,940-square-metre manufacturing facilities, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive advantage by remaining at the forefront of technology development and commercialization. The operations are ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certified, having been ISO certified since 1997.

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