The TiZir Titanium & Iron ilmenite upgrading facility (TTI) has a long and stable production history, having commenced operations in 1986. It is one of only five such operating facilities of its type in the world and the only one in Europe.
TTI upgrades ilmenite to produce a high-value titanium slag, primarily sold to pigment producers, and a high-purity pig iron (a valuable co-product) which is sold to ductile iron foundries.
TTI is a high-quality facility providing a number of significant advantages:
Mining, processing & integrated logistics
TTI uses a process of pre-reduction, metallisation and smelting to upgrade ilmenite into high-quality titanium products and high-purity pig iron. TTI’s excellent positioning allows access to cheap & clean power, year round shipping & on-site ship handling, and quick access to world-wide customers.
GCO ilmenite is ground in a ball mill, then screened and pelletised.
In a rotary kiln the iron oxide is reduced within the pelletised ilmenite to achieve high metallisation of the iron.
The material is smelted in an electric arc furnace to extract iron, with everything else reporting to the titanium rich slag.
The titanium slag and iron is processed to obtain the required quality specifications.
Titanium slag customers are primarily Western-based pigment producers, while a varied and large number of customers purchase TTI’s high-purity pig iron.
TTI is managed with GCO as a single, vertically integrated operation creating a number of important advantages, shown in this video >
TTI is positioned on the edge of the Hardanger fjord in Tyssedal, Norway approximately 180 kilometres south-east of Bergen and 365 kilometres from Oslo. Norway has a low population and high standard of living with the third highest GDP per person in the world. The country has a highly educated workforce which has helped build strong industrial and service sectors whilst maintaining traditional Norwegian industries such as timber and fisheries.
Norway remains steadfastly independent and has not joined the European Union (‘EU’) or adopted the Euro currency. Norway is a member of the European Economic Area and adheres to many environmental and other regulations issued by the EU.