CITIC Construction Co. contracted FLSmidth for equipment for Slavkaliy’s new potassium mining and processing facility in Nezhinksy, Belarus. The contract is valued at $51.5 million and covers the delivery of liquid-solid separation equipment islands.

The separation equipment includes a large number of thickeners and clarifies, pan and horizontal belt filter packages, FLSmidth reported. All equipment islands come with a full automation package.

The delivery will begin at the end of 2020 and is expected to be completed in 2021.

FLSmidth leadership said the equipment would enable the miner to run a cutting-edge operation with a strong focus on productivity, efficiency and sustainability. “This significant level of automation and digitalization, in combination with our equipment, will mean the lowest possible on-site energy consumption,” Manfred Schaffer, president, mining, FLSmidth, said.

The new mining and processing complex will have an output capacity of between 1.1 million to 2 million mt/y of potassium chloride. The complex is expected to open in Q4 2023.