Finnish automation solutions provider Metso will install a 20,000t per day crushing and screening system for Chilean mining firm Minera Esperanza, as part of a €80m order that was booked in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The new system, which will bypass part of the mine’s existing grinding circuit, will include three MP 1000 cone crushers, three multi-flo double deck banana screens in two sizes, seven belt feeders, two pan feeders and nine belt conveyors with a total length of 1km.
The project is scheduled to be operational in 2015 and is expected to increase the mine’s copper and gold production between 15% and 20% per year. A team of more than 500 people will work on-site during the peak phase of the installation project.
The project will also include equipment for materials handling, crushing and classification, as well as engineering, automation and electrification, structural steel, civil works and electro-mechanical installations required for the new plant.
Metso senior project manager Einari Ojala said that the work will be done using the highest safety standards in the industry.
"Metso will provide engineering and construction of this new crushing plant from the beginning of the project," Ojala said.
"Metso is providing services in all the stages of design, civil engineering works, installation and commissioning of equipment."
Minera Esperanza is 70%-owned by Antofagasta Minerals and 30% by Japanese Marubeni. Construction of the site began in mid 2008 and it became operational in 2011.