Enter Engineering, an EPC contractor in Central Asia and a leader in Russia, and thyssenkrupp AG, the leading German industrial engineering concern, announce the signing of an Agreement of Intent.

The agreement, worth €50 million, relates to Enter Engineering’s exclusive role as construction partner in building an integrated mining metallurgical complex on the Tebinbulak iron ore deposit.

The two parties also signed an agreement for the start of preparatory work on the project, including a contract for the supply of high-tech equipment, its design, supervision during installation and commissioning at the facility. The innovative High Pressure Grinding Roll (HPGR) technology, which is highly efficient, will be used to help process up to 60 million tons of iron ore per year, whilst reducing energy consumption.

Bakhtiyor Fazylov, chairman of Enter Engineering, said: “Applying German standards, we will create a high-quality raw material base for the domestic metallurgical industry. This project also embodies all the goals Enter Engineering strives for: protecting Uzbekistan’s national interests in the international market, supporting the interests of domestic consumers, and creating jobs.”

The implementation period for Enter Engineering’s construction role is two years with the plant launch anticipated for September 2023.

Reza Poorvash, CEO thyssenkrupp Mining Technologies Europe and Asia, said: “To date, more than 140 units of HPGR equipment have been sold in the mining industry. In the CIS countries, thyssenkrupp takes a leading position among mining companies that use this technology, in practice confirming the high quality and reliability of the German brand.”

The project will use one of the most energy efficient and innovative technologies to significantly reduce energy consumption. HPGR has been used since 1985 in the cement industry, and since 1986 in the mining industry for use in the grinding process to ensure a high level of product fineness. Full integration of this technology within Industry 4.0 is also important.”

The complex is significant for Uzbekistan because of its multiplier effect. As well as creating new jobs in remote areas, it will help develop domestic iron ore to provide the country’s existing metallurgical complexes with raw materials. It will also support development of infrastructure, creation of service enterprises and increasing in trade between countries.