Metso Outotec has been awarded a shutdown service contract for a flash smelting furnace at a copper processing facility in South America. Approximately 50% of the order value, which exceeds EUR 10 million, is booked in Metals’ fourth-quarter orders received and the rest in Minerals’ orders received. Metso Outotec’s scope of delivery includes a complete reconstruction of the furnace. This consists of demolition of the furnace, mechanical reconstruction of the walls and floor, uninstalling and installing the cooling elements, piping, and installing new refractory materials. Planned smelting furnace shutdowns are important to avoid refractory failure as well as to ensure furnace performance in the following production period. Refractory lining wear can also result in damage to equipment components, causing energy waste, reduced performance and stoppage.