Metso has been contracted to reduce production downtime associated with mill liner changes and increase grinding efficiency at First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM) Kevitsa copper and nickel mine in Sodankylä, Finland.
Under a three-year lifecycle service agreement, the company will supply, install and manage Kevitsa mine’s mill liners.
By optimising wear parts selection, the company will decrease the duration of downtime and extend the periods between shutdowns.
Metso will achieve these goals through advanced planning and delivery of its Megaliner grinding mill wear parts.
Megaliner parts in grinding mills increase work safety, as the attachment components are inserted from the outside of the mill and speed-up the installation process.
FQM Kevitsa Mine planning manager Timo Ikäheimonen said: "This solution will raise our utilisation rate to a new level and will contribute significantly our sustainable competitiveness in the challenging market situation."
The companies aim to boost the mill’s availability and production efficiency, while reducing the total cost of ownership to help increase mine profitability.
Metso Minerals Finland sales director Olli Kellokumpu said: "With this FQM Kevitsa mine’s cooperation agreement, we aim to reduce the concentrator plant downtime, secure availability and commit ourselves to the continuous development of enhancing the plant’s operations."
Metso will start the installation process in the latter part of the year. The contract value has not been disclosed.
With seven mines and five developing projects worldwide, FQM produces copper, nickel, gold, zinc and platinum-group elements.
Image: Use of Metso’s Megaliner parts in grinding mills increases work safety. Photo: courtesy of Metso.