FLSmidth won a $130 million contract to supply a range of mineral processing equipment to ShalkiyaZinc, the operator of a zinc-lead mine in southern Kazakhstan. The supplier said the equipment will transform the plant into a world-class facility that efficiently separates minerals with a minimized environmental impact.

Under the agreement, FLSmidth will supply two underground crushing stations with a material handling system to the process plant, and a full package of comminution and separation equipment. The order includes SAG and ball mills, mill circuit pumps and cyclones, the zinc-lead concentrate flotation and regrinding circuit, including nextSTEP, VXP vertical mills, concentrate thickeners, Pneumapress filters, and a reagents preparation and dosing area. Full plant automation is also included, as well as installation and commissioning supervision services.

The new concentrator will be supported from the company’s new in-country service Supercenter in Karaganda.

The equipment will help ShalkiyaZinc save on both CAPEX and OPEX, FLSmidth said. “Our new nextSTEP flotation technology will improve the quality of the concentrates,” said Mikko Keto, CEO, FLSmidth. “The SAG mill will provide more flexibility, while the automation and digital solutions will further enable water and energy savings alongside safer operations,” he said. “We look forward to making this a success on so many levels.”

The equipment will be delivered and the concentrator commissioned before the end of 2024.