Heart of Industry Award Winner
Molycorp re-opened and expanded the world’s most technologically advanced, energy efficient, and environmentally superior rare earth production facility in the world. Processing the rare earth metals requires facilities for mining, crushing, milling, flotation, paste tailings processing, paste tailings disposal, heavy rare earth concentrate production, water treatment, and their own combined heat and power production plant to provide all the energy required for the facilities. Working closely with Maintenance Managers, PEC has been able to provide pump support replacing worn-out existing parts or complete pumps, to keep Molycorp running at optimal efficiency and expanding the meantime between failures of their pumps. An immense amount of time has been focused on seal selection to ensure no process fluid enters the pump and minimal amount of seal flush enters the process. All the Goulds pumps on site have i-Alert monitoring for early detection of pump destruction.
Molycorp is a globally integrated, advanced materials manufacturer that produces a wide variety of specialized products from 13 different rare earths (lights and heavies), five rare metals (gallium, indium, rhenium, tantalum and niobium), and the transition metals yttrium and zirconium. It is the only advanced material manufacturer in the world that both controls a world-class rare earth resource and can produce high-purity, custom engineered rare earth products to meet increasingly demanding customer specifications.