Metso Mining and Construction has announced construction of a service hub for future servicing of Grupo Mexico’s Buenavista de Cobre mine. The $9-million order, according to Metso officials, will expand the mine’s copper concentrate capacity by 50%.

Metso representatives said they were glad to be chosen as partners. “Our industry-leading services capabilities also greatly influenced the customer’s decision,” said Alejandro Castillo, a capital project sales manager at Metso. Altogether, 38 belt feeders will be installed at the mine located at Cananea in Mexico’s Sonora state. Q2 2014 delivery completion, added the company, will be followed by start-up beginning in Q3.

The belt-type order comprises equipment meeting all ore-feeding challenges after the mine expansion, said the company. Five of the feeders have 1,260 metric tons per hour (mt/h) capacity; eight have a 918 mt/h capacity; another eight have a 1,590 mt/h capacity; and 16 possess a 575 mt/h capacity. The expansion targets a capacity increase of 110,000 mt/d. Afterward, the mine will process up to 200,000 mt/h of ore daily.

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