FLSmidth Minerals has been awarded a contract to supply complete equipment systems and technical expertise to Baja Mining and its majority-owned Mexican subsidiary, Minera y Metalurgica del Boleo (MMB), for their Boleo copper mine in Mexico. The contract is worth approximately $36 million (USD) and 185 million (DKK).
FLSmidth is to supply key process technology packages for four project sections of the Boleo plant system, covering ore milling and grinding, counter current decantation for value recovery, impurities removal, and limestone grinding for neutralization/tails disposal to process copper, cobalt and zinc.
The project will include a broad variety of FLSmidth Minerals products, including cone crushers, sizer, scrubber, ball mill, metallurgical reactor-clarifier and high-density thickeners, pumps and hydrocyclones.
The Boleo mine was originally discovered in the late 1800’s by Mexican ranchers and has historically been successful in producing copper ore. The founders of Baja and MMB have been involved with Boleo since 1992 and completed a definitive feasibility study (DFS) on Boleo in 2007. The DFS resulted in the decision to invest in modern mining and processing techniques as a polymetallic project to extract the cobalt, zinc and potentially manganese, along with the copper.
“Integrating years of engineering know-how with newly acquired companies, legacy brands and technology allows us to leverage the latest in equipment technology, resources, and materials. The resulting combination benefits customers, like Baja Mining and Minera y Metalurgica Del Boleo, offering them flowsheet solutions that increase compatibility, enhance process performance, and save valuable time on project schedules,” said George Robles, deputy CEO, FLSmidth Minerals.