Outotec will design and deliver one 4-megawatt (MW) SAG mill and one 4-MW ball mill as well as five thickeners and one clarifier to the Salares Norte project (above) in Chile. (Photo: Gold Fields)

Outotec has been awarded a contract by gold producer Gold Fields for the delivery of process equipment to their Salares Norte greenfield gold project in the Atacama region of northern Chile. The contract value is approximately EUR 14 million (US$15.9 million).

Outotec’s scope of work includes the design and delivery of one 4-megawatt (MW) SAG mill and one 4-MW ball mill as well as five thickeners and one clarifier to be used in different process phases. Grinding mills are provided with Outotec Polymer Hydrostatic Shoe Bearing (HSB) system, which is fitted to all new Outotec grinding mills as a standard. The system is designed to maximize grinding mill availability and simplify maintenance. Both thickeners and clarifiers are Outotec’s modular designs that enable minimized site installation time.

Gold Fields is the 100% owner of the Salares Norte project. Once operational, the concentrator plant will have an average annual throughput of 2 million metric tons of ore. The equipment is planned to be delivered in the second quarter of 2021.

“We are pleased to deliver our energy efficient and advanced process equipment to Gold Fields and support them in building profitable and sustainable operations in the challenging site location in high altitude,” Head of Outotec’s Minerals Processing Business Paul Sohlberg said.