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Metso has secured a contract to supply comminution and minerals processing equipment to the Aguas Teñidas mine, part of Trafigura Mining Group, in south-western Spain.

Under the contract, Metso will supply crushing, screening, grinding and filtration equipment to Aguas Teñidas mine.

Metso expects to complete the delivery during the second quarter of 2014.

The underground mine will produce copper, zinc and lead concentrates with limited amounts of gold and silver.

Trafigura Mining is planning to invest more than €300m in the facility over the next two years, which is expected to expand the life of the mine to 15 years.

Recent exploration has discovered enough mineral in the mine, which is capable of producing 2.2 million tonnes per annum.

A new treatment plant is planned to be constructed over the next two years.

The new plant will have the capacity to process twice the current amount of ore per year, which is exported from the ports of Huelva and Algeciras to northern Europe.

Metso said it has been involved in the Aguas Teñidas expansion project since the beginning, both on process design and sizing of the comminution and minerals processing equipment.

The contract requires Metso to supply a new tertiary crushing plant system with two HP4 cone crushers, one MF 3.6 x 8.5 DD mining screen, conveyors and all ancillaries.

The company will also deliver two 15.5′ x 27′ 3,000kW ball mills, ten SMD-355 E new-generation stirred media detritors and two VPA 1530-60 filters for dewatering of the zinc and lead concentrates.

For the new tertiary crushing plant system, Metso will deliver basic and detailed engineering projects, the complete crushing system with erection and commissioning.

Image: Metso grinding equipment in the existing concentrator at Aguas Teñidas. Photo: Courtesy of Metso.

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