Metso will supply minerals processing equipment and services to ZAO Russian Copper Co. (RMK) for its copper operation in Chelyabinskya region in southwestern Russia. The service contract is for more than six years and includes a team of over 130 Metso on-site personnel and service parts supply. The complete value of the order is approximately €200 million.

Under the equipment contract, Metso will supply a primary gyratory crusher, three cone crushers, two semiautogenous grinding mills, three screens and three ball mills for the new Mikheevsky GOK copper concentrator. The delivery also includes on-site supervisory services for the installation and commissioning, and on-site training for the RMK’s operating personnel. Metso’s life-cycle service contract includes maintenance, planning and operational assistance, process and product support services, as well as wear and spare parts and components for the comminution circuit. Metso will also maintain auxiliary equipment for the whole comminution circuit from the gyratory crusher to the hydro-cyclones.

The value of the equipment amounts to approximately €75 million of the total order. The equipment deliveries will be completed within the third quarter of 2013. The total order will be included in Mining and Construction Technology Q2 orders received.

“The construction of Mikheevsky GOK is a project of federal significance and the Russian Copper Co. starts its implementation with full responsibility. We welcome participation of our old partner Metso in this project,” said Vsevolod V. Levin, president, RMK.

“What makes this project so unique and really exciting for Metso is that we will not only be supplying the equipment but also maintaining it, assisting in the operations and being able to continuously monitor performance and efficiency,” said Jerry Dubiansky, vice president, global sales, Metso. “This arrangement offers maximum operating availability and minimizes operational risks, increasing the profitability of the project.”

Mikheevsky GOK is a greenfield project by RMK, which is Russia’s third largest copper producer. The company was founded in 2004. It produces copper concentrate, copper cathodes and copper rods from mineral and secondary raw materials. The startup of Mikheevsky GOK is planned for the third quarter of 2013, and the planned annual production is 18 million tons of copper.