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New Global Steel Dust plant stalled by ‘Thai bureaucracy’

Keywords: Tags  Global Steel Dust, Waelz oxide, steel dust, dust recycling, Russ Robinson, International Zinc Conference, zinc, Suzy Waite


CANCUN, Mexico — Construction of Global Steel Dust Ltd.’s new zinc oxide plant in Thailand has been put on hold as the company has yet to receive permission to proceed from the country’s investment board, chief executive officer Russ Robinson told AMM.

"We still have not received permission from the board of investment in Thailand. It’s caught up in the Thai bureaucracy," Robinson said on the sidelines of the International Zinc Association conference in Cancun.

The company resubmitted its application in November but does not know when it might receive a green light, he added.

The plant is slated to have an annual processing capacity of 110,000 tonnes of steel dust, producing 35,000 tonnes of Waelz zinc oxide per year (amm.com, May 10, 2011).

The Lausanne, Switzerland-based company is also "actively working" on its recycling facility in Saudi Arabia, Robinson said, declining to offer more information.

The company has been negotiating with a private Saudi firm since 2011 to develop a recycling plant in the Dammam/Jubail area that will source material from Saudi mills and provide Waelz oxide.

Waelz oxide is named for the furnace technology used to extract crude zinc oxide from steel dust.

The company recently announced that it was close to selecting a site for a new zinc oxide facility in the southern United States (amm.com, Feb. 21).


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