FLSmidth has been selected to supply the majority of the key mineral processing technologies for the Mantoverde Project in the Atacama Region of Chile. The range of equipment and technologies includes the primary gyratory crusher, SAG mill, ball mill, traditional flotation cells, column cells, thickeners, cyclones and pumps. The flotation tailings and slimes thickeners will be designed to optimize the recovery of process water to the maximum extent possible. In total, it is expected that around 4,700 m3/hour overflow water will be available for reuse, a saving that supports FLSmidth’s MissionZero sustainability goal of moving the mining industry towards zero water waste.

FLSmidth will also be able to provide comprehensive, long-term operational support at the site, which is located 400 kilometers (km) south from the FLSmidth Service Supercenter in Antofagasta.

The order was partially booked in the first quarter of 2021, with the majority of the amount, close to DKK 200 million ($32.6 million), booked in the second quarter of 2021. The equipment is expected to be delivered by the end of the first half of 2022.

Ausenco Chile Ltd., the lump-sum turnkey contractor for the Mantoverde Development Project, chose FLSmidth for the mineral processing technologies. “We are delighted that Ausenco has recognized the benefits of selecting FLSmidth as their primary supplier for Mantoverde,” Mining President Mikko Keto said. “It is a crystal-clear endorsement of FLSmidth’s strength through the mineral processing flowsheet, and in service. This approach will maximize project execution efficiencies and de-risk process performance. We look forward to delivering the equipment to Mantoverde and providing service support from erection to startup, and through to final commissioning.”

Keto focused on the MissionZero sustainability aspect of the order, as it will help reduce energy and water waste at the site.

“We are looking forward to working with Ausenco and their Environment and Sustainability team in South America. As the provider of the equipment and service, we will ensure optimized throughput and the efficient commissioning of the project in an environmentally friendly manner,” Keto said. “This project will transform Mantoverde into a long-life, low-cost operation.”