Metso has been selected by Zijin Mining Group to supply crucial plant equipment for its concentrator at the Julong copper project in China’s Tibetan Autonomous Region.
The value of the order was EUR 85 million, or US$93.1 million, and will create a comminution circuit that will be one of the highest powered in China.
The order includes a Superior MKIII primary gyratory crusher, a high-power geared Premier SAG mill and gearless mill drive (GMD) Premier ball mill with 24-MW installed power. Also included: four Nordberg HP900 cone crushers.
For the most efficient and sustainable concentrate separation, Metso will also be delivering to the customer 24 TankCell TC630 flotation cells, five HRT High Rate Thickeners and two Larox FFP2512 filters.
“The Julong Copper mine is located on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau at an altitude of 5300m, one of the highest mining sites in the world. The elevation of the plant places tough requirements for the equipment,” said Xun Fang, head of Metso’s Minerals Sales in Greater China.
“This is one of the reasons Zijin Mining chose Metso, as our technology is known for its sustainability, reliability and high performance.”
He noted that the gearless mill drive (GMD) ball mill set for delivery will be the first GMD mill to be delivered to China and the most powerful ball mill ever made.