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We are one of the leading industrial services providers in the Nordic Region. The companies delivers maintenance, insulation, scaffolding and surface treatment, as well as engineering and project services related to the process industry in the Nordic Region. The companies have ~ 3,500 employees located at 70 locations in Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Rare earth elements for a greener future: Bilfinger contributes to REEtec’s groundbreaking separation facility

  • Highly efficient processing plant for rare earth metals used in electric motors and wind turbines, up to 90 percent carbon dioxide emissions savings
  • Contribution to a competitive European value chain for rare earth minerals that are critical for the energy transition
  • Continuation of partnership: EPCM services for first industrial-scale unit following successful work on pilot plant

 

Herøya / Porsgrunn, Norway. Bilfinger is supporting Norwegian-based technology company REEtec with EPCM services for a new processing plant for neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr). Known as “magnet metals”, these two rare earth elements (REE) are key to the production of the permanent magnets used in the motors for electric vehicles (EVs) and wind turbines. Bilfinger had previously supported REEtec in the study phases and construction of a pilot plant for its proprietary sustainable and efficient technology; now the industrial services provider is also contributing to the industrial upscaling.

“Building resilience and strategic autonomy for Europe's REE value chains is crucial for the energy transition. REEtec’s process combines high efficiency and competitive cost structure with best in class environmental friendliness. We are therefore proud that REEtec is once again relying on Bilfinger’s services and that we can support our customer bring its technology to industrial scale”, says Bilfinger Group CEO Thomas Schulz.

As with the demonstration plant, which has been in operation at Herøya Industrial Park since 2019, Bilfinger subsidiary Bilfinger Nordics is handling project management, engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) on behalf of REEtec. To ensure efficient implementation and high quality in the design process, the industrial services provider is developing a 3D-model based on scans of all buildings and facilities. In addition, Bilfinger will support the customer during the testing and commissioning phase.

“Bilfinger has demonstrated its high level of expertise in the study phases and in the construction of the pilot plant. We are pleased to continue our long-standing cooperation in the construction of our first industrial-scale plant,” says Sigve Sporstøl, CEO of REEtec.

The European Commission regards REEs as critical materials for achieving climate neutrality by 2050. Once completed, the REEtec plant on Herøya will have a capacity of 720 tons of magnetic metals per year from the second half of 2024. To illustrate, there is between half a kilogram and one kilogram of this product in every electric car. The production capacity is equivalent to 5 percent of the estimated demand in the EU, and the market is expected to increase fivefold by 2030.

REEs occur as constituents in various minerals, the most important sources being bastnaesite, monazite, xenotime and ionic clay. These minerals typically contain several percent by weight of REEs. Depending on the ore, distribution between the different REEs can vary greatly. The 16 REEs generally all occur together in the same mineral deposits. Their separation into individual elements of high purity is difficult and expensive due to their chemical similarity.

REEtec’s proprietary technology is considered groundbreaking because it can reduce CO₂ emissions by 90% compared to other leading suppliers, as virtually all consumables are recovered and re-utilized in the process and electricity consumption is based fully on hydro-electric sources.

Signing the EPCM contract: Jon Aasen, Head of Engineering and Projects at Bilfinger Nordics, Paul Rune Aasrum, CEO at Bilfinger E&M Nordics AS, Sigve Sporstøl, CEO at REEtec and Geir Moe, Client rep. REEtec

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Bilfinger Engineering & Maintenance Nordics AS

Bilfinger Engineering & Maintenance Nordics AS is a multidisciplinary provider of industrial maintenance, project management & engineering, workshop production, industrial masonry, and service. We deliver products and services to the process, oil and gas industry, energy producers, infrastructure, and public sector.

We aim to create value for our customers through cost-effective solutions and increased availability of production equipment. Health, environment, and safety are integral parts of our deliveries and our competitive edge.

Bilfinger Nordics AS

Bilfinger Nordics AS is a leading provider of industrial services within the oil and gas industry in Norway. We have continuous operations at facilities along the Norwegian coast, from the Barents Sea in the north to the southern part of the North Sea.

Our services are related to the maintenance of facility integrity both onshore and offshore. The company is part of Bilfinger's global MMO division and has specialized experience in surface treatment, insulation, access solutions, inspection, and operational assistance.

Bilfinger Industrial Services IM AS

Bilfinger Industrial Services IM AS is specialists in manning and operational services for the onshore industry. We have several years of experience in providing operational support and manning services to the industry in Grenland.

Bilfinger Industrial Services IM AS is a subsidiary of Bilfinger Engineering & Maintenance Nordics AS. Health, environment and safety are integral parts of our deliveries and our competitive advantage.

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