Metso Outotec has signed a major contract with Zijin Mining Co. Ltd. for the delivery of key minerals processing equipment of the company’s Qulong copper mine project in Tibet, China. Metso Outotec’s scope of delivery covers a powerful 58-megawatt grinding circuit equipped with horizontal and vertical grinding mills, process automation and various types of installation and commissioning services. The value of the order is estimated at EUR 25 million ($29.4 million).

“Our solutions will help Zijin Mining in their quest to create a sustainable world-class operation with high productivity and cost effectiveness,” President of the Minerals business area of Metso Outotec Stephan Kirsch said. “The merger of Metso and Outotec has strengthened our local business presence, which will be of great benefit to the implementation of the project.”

With copper reserves that exceed 10 million metric tons (mt), the Qulong copper mine is a high-altitude operation. The mine’s concentrator sits on the Qinghai Tibet Plateau often referred to as the Roof of the World. After the completion of the project, the ore handling capacity of the concentrator will reach 150,000 mt per day, making Qulong Copper the largest copper mine in China.