Metso’s three-year lifecycle service agreement with Kevista copper and nickel mine in Finland
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A Metso Megaliner in action
Metso has signed a three-year lifecycle service agreement with the Kevitsa copper and nickel mine in Sodankylä, Finland.
The quarrying and mining equipment giant will take complete responsibility for the supply, installation and optimisation of Kevitsa mine's mill liners. Metso and Kevitsa's common goal is to increase the mill's availability, production efficiency and reduce the total cost of ownership so as to help increase mine profitability.
"This solution will raise our utilisation rate to a new level and will contribute significantly our sustainable competitiveness in the challenging market situation," says Timo Ikäheimonen, planning manager at FQM's Kevitsa Mine.
As part of the life-cycle service agreement, Metso aims to increase the time between shutdowns through optimisation of wear parts selection as well as decreasing the duration of shutdowns. The Finnish company will reduce shutdown times through advanced planning and the delivery of its patented Megaliner grinding mill wear parts. Thanks to the fast installation process of Metso's Megaliner, downtime is said to be reduced. Additionally, the use of Megaliner parts in grinding mills is said by Metso to increase work safety as the attachment parts are inserted from the outside of the mill. With this set-up there is no need for the workers to be in the danger-zone of the liners while installing liner bolts.
"With this FQM Kevitsa mine's cooperation agreement, we aim to reduce the concentrator plant downtime, secure availability and commit ourselves to the continuous development of enhancing the plant's operations," says Olli Kellokumpu, sales director, Finland, Minerals Metso.
Installation will begin in the latter part of 2015. The agreement will be booked in phases into Metso's orders received throughout the term of the agreement.
Kevitsa is owned by First Quantum Minerals Ltd (FQM), a Canada originated corporation. FQM is an established and rapidly growing mining and metals company with seven mines and five developing projects around the world. The company produces copper, nickel, gold, zinc and platinum-group elements. Upon completion, developing projects in Zambia, Panama and Peru will increase FQM's annual copper production capacity to more than 1.3 million tonnes.