Ultromex has signed a major contract with Rio Tinto to remediate a salt slag landfill site in Europe.

Ultromex, together with its partner EJM Hydrovac, will excavate, process and re-instate the site in France during the next three years. This multi-million Euro contract will treat 65,000 tonnes of salt slag waste.

Nigel Seddon, CEO of Ultromex (pictured) commented: “The signing of this major contract is the result of more than three years hard work by the Ultromex & EJM teams, including a pilot trial which validated and demonstrated to Rio Tinto the effectiveness of our Saltromex process for remediating slag. The Ultromex plant will be built during 2021 and will be capable of processing the waste at a rate of 18 tonnes per hour.

“We are pleased to be working with such a prestigious company as Rio Tinto and we are confident that our technology will open up many future projects in Europe and around the world”.

Many aluminium smelting wastes are hazardous in nature and historically were routinely landfilled before the EU and other regions changed regulations to prohibit further landfill. There are many such landfills in existence around the world and, where they cause environmental issues, Ultromex now has a proven solution to resolve the problem.

Ultromex, based near Liverpool in the UK, offers a range of technologies to treat and recycle aluminium smelting wastes. It offers solutions to address wastes such as dross, salt slag, SPL and filter dusts as they arise at the smelter, or in this case, where they have been stockpiled or landfilled in the past.