Metso Corporate Newsroom News 2023 Metso awarded detailed engineering contract by Rio Tinto for BioIron[TM] process
Product news August 8, 2023

Metso awarded detailed engineering contract by Rio Tinto for BioIron[TM] process

Metso Corporation’s press release on August 8, 2023, at 09:00 a.m. EEST

Rio Tinto has awarded Metso a detailed design and engineering contract for their continuous pilot plant (CPP) for the BioIronTM process. The contract is an extension of the work that Rio Tinto and Metso have been doing together on the development of the BioIronTM  process, the effectiveness of which was successfully proven through small-scale pilot tests conducted at Metso’s Research Center in Frankfurt, Germany.

Rio Tinto aims to move further towards full-scale implementation of the BioIronTM technology through operation of a CPP. Metso has been entrusted with the detailed design of the CPP’s reduction furnace and certain other equipment for the BioIronTM process.

“This work is the key next step in the development of the BioIronTM technology and builds on the success of the research and development team,” says David Leigh, General Manager Steel Decarbonization at Rio Tinto.

“We are very excited to continue the close working relationship with Rio Tinto and to provide engineering and design support as we move to the next phase of development of the BioIronTM technology,” says Matthias Gabriel, Director, Ferrous at Metso.

Read more about Metso’s sustainable solutions for metals refining on our website.

Further information:

Matthias Gabriel, Director, Ferrous, Metso, tel. +49 172 688 9810, email:

Helena Marjaranta, Vice President, Communications and Brand, Metso, tel. +358 20 484 3212, email:

Metso is a frontrunner in providing sustainable technologies, end-to-end solutions and services for the aggregates, minerals processing and metals refining industries globally. By helping our customers increase their productivity, improve their energy and water efficiency and environmental performance with our process and product expertise, we are the partner for positive change.

Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Metso employs over 16,000 people in close to 50 countries and sales for 2022 were about EUR 5.3 billion. The company is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.,

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