Outotec to deliver backfill plant to MMG’s Dugald River zinc mine in Australia

4 October 2016 (Last Updated October 4th, 2016 18:30)

Minerals and metals processing technology provider Outotec has been awarded a contract to design and deliver a mid-range continuous paste backfill plant to MMG’s Dugald River zinc mine in Australia.

Minerals and metals processing technology provider Outotec has been awarded a contract to design and deliver a mid-range continuous paste backfill plant to MMG’s Dugald River zinc mine in Australia.

As part of the contract, Outotec will also provide equipment supplies, in addition to construction and commissioning services.

Outotec said that the technology will minimise the capital cost of a backfill plant and make it an economical option for mining companies.

"Operators appreciate its environmental benefits, lower capital costs and quick delivery time."

Deliveries are expected to be complete by February 2018.

Outotec Minerals Processing business unit head Kalle Härkki said: "This is Outotec's second order within a week for the newly developed paste backfill plant concept. Mine operators appreciate its environmental benefits, lower capital costs and quick delivery time.”

Last year, MMG announced an updated development plan for Dugald River, a development project in north-west Queensland.

The plan included a mine production rate of 1.5Mtpa, as well as construction of a mill and concentrator, which can produce around 160,000t of zinc concentrate per annum over an estimated mine life of 28 years. 

Initial production from a Dugald River concentrator is expected during the first half 2018.

Last month, Outotec secured a contract to deliver the backfill plant to OceanaGold's Didipio gold mine in the Philippines.