EPC Contract Argex Titanium To Build New Titanium Dioxide Plant

Editor: Dr. Jörg Kempf

Argex Titanium, an producer of high-grade titanium dioxide (TiO2) has announced that its newly formed, wholly-owned subsidiary, Argex Canada has awarded an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract to the Tecnicas Reunidas Group (TR) for Argex’s first industrial scale 50,000 tons per annum Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) plant, which will be located in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Canada.

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Argex Titanium has developed a proprietary mineral extraction process that allows for the production of high purity pigment grade titanium dioxide (TiO2) product which can be sold to the end-users in the paint, plastic, coating, food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.
Argex Titanium has developed a proprietary mineral extraction process that allows for the production of high purity pigment grade titanium dioxide (TiO2) product which can be sold to the end-users in the paint, plastic, coating, food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.
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Montreal, Quebec/Canada – The EPC contract will be performed in two phases. The first phase is the front end engineering design completion (FEED/FEL3) work and the second phase will be for the Detailed Design and Construction portion of the Project.

The FEED/FEL3 will be undertaken at TR’s headquarters in Madrid based on Argex’s basic design process package for an expected cost of USD 10 million. The work on the FEED/FEL3 will only commence upon the issuance of a Limited Notice to Proceed (“LNTP”) to be issued once Argex receives the financing for the FEED/FEL3. If such LNTP is not issued by Argex Canada by June 29, 2015, TR may elect to terminate the EPC Contract.

Upon completion of the FEED/FEL3, the parties will agree on a guaranteed target contract price (“GTCP”) for the Construction portion of the work. The GTCP will be based on a 50/50 shared cost savings/overrun approach between Argex Canada and TR.

The GTCP’s expected value will be determined during the Initial Period but the overall value of the EPC Contract (including the FEED/FEL3 portion) is currently estimated at approximately USD 200 million.

The Tecnicas Reunidas Group is an international general contractor, engaging in the engineering, design and construction of various types of industrial facilities for a broad spectrum of customers throughout the world, including many of the principal national oil companies as well as several multinational companies. Most of TR’s business is concentrated on large turnkey industrial projects, although they also provide engineering, management, start-up and operating services for industrial plants.

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