Canadian Mining Journal


CRUSHERS: Metso signs landmark deal with Codelco’s Chuquicamata mine

HELSINKI – Metso has won a significant deal to support the conversion of the largest open pit copper mine in the world to a large scale underground mining operation. The Chuquicamata mine, located 1,650 km north of Santiago, Chile, is owned and operated by Chile’s National Copper Corporation, Codelco.

Metso’s scope in the contract includes the engineering, supply of equipment and materials, and site assistance for 12 underground crusher stations combined with a conveyor package. The delivery contains 11 new units of Metso’s largest Nordberg C200 jaw crushers, 24 push feeders and 20 conveyors. Overall, the contract constitutes one of the most sizeable crusher orders ever for Metso’s mining business.

The project is scheduled to continue until 2020 and the order was booked in Metso’s second quarter 2016 orders received.

Total cost of ownership and energy efficiency in focus

Metso offered an integrated solution that carried through from engineering, crusher stations, and material handling to electrification, automation, and site assistance. In addition, the energy savings from the company’s energy saving idler (ESI) conveyor technology gave the Metso offering a competitive edge.

Codelco’s decision to work with Metso was also backed by Metso’s proven installed base of equipment, engineering and project management capability already present in other similar applications in the region, demonstrating Metso’s ability to deliver on time and on budget with production guaranteed. The Metso team was able to offer Codelco the best deal in terms of total cost of ownership and energy efficiency of material and handling.

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