Kazakhstan’s largest gold miner, RG Gold, signed Outotec for the delivery of two grinding mills for its Raygorodok gold mine.

The scope of contract includes delivery of two ball mills, associated ancillaries, and spare parts for a carbon-in-leach expansion project. The ball mills have the new Outotec Polymer Hydrostatic Shoe Bearing system. Outotec reported the system improves mill availability and maintenance.

The contract is booked at $10.8 million. Deliveries are scheduled for 2021.

Outotec said the development shows its capacity to support customers despite prevailing challenging circumstances. “We are committed to working closely with our customers to keep the mining industry moving, even during these exceptional times,” said Paul Sohlberg, head of minerals processing, Outotec.

Located in northern Kazakhstan, the Raygorodok deposit, with 6 million oz of estimated reserves, is one of the largest in the country.

Separately, Outotec reported it was contracted by First Majestic Silver Corp. for the delivery of minerals processing technology for the latter’s mill optimization projects in Mexico.

The $16.2 million order covers the design and delivery of an autogenous mill, counter current decantation thickener and a tailings filter for the San Dimas silver and gold mine; and thickeners and a tailings filter for the Santa Elena silver and gold mine. Deliveries are calendared for 2020 and 2021.

The order follows previously delivered Outotec HIGmill high-intensity grinding mills to First Majestic. Outotec leadership reported one of these mills at the Santa Elena operation has significantly improved the recovery of silver and gold.

“We are pleased to continue working with First Majestic in these projects,” Sohlberg said. “The energy-efficient AG mill and environmentally sound thickeners and tailings filters will enable First Majestic to improve plant operations in a sustainable way.”