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16 July 2013

Metso to supply feeders for Mexican mine

First published16/07/2013
Metso will deliver an order consisting of 38 feeders for the major Mexican copper mine Buenavista del Cobre, which is owned by Grupo Mexico.

The order will help to double the mine's capacity of copper concentrate by securing prompt copper ore feed flow in the mine extension project. The order value is over €7 million.

The belt feeders will be installed at Buenavista del Cobre's Cananea copper mine, located in Sonora, in Mexico. To assist with the installation and future servicing, Metso will open a new, fully equipped service hub at the mine site.

"This belt feeder order follows our minerals processing equipment contract with Buenavista," sayss Alejandro Castillo, capital project sales manager, Metso.

"Our services capabilities also greatly influenced the customer's decision. In addition to the equipment delivery, we are able to provide the required services support, including the investment for a new on-site service hub."

Metso's equipment deliveries to the Buenavista del Cobre copper mine will be completed during March 2014 with start-up in August 2014. The order is included in Mining and Construction's second-quarter 2013 orders received.

The belt-type feeder order comprises equipment capable of meeting all copper ore feeding challenges after the mine expansion. Five of the feeders are sized 60" x 8.5m with a capacity of 1,260tonnes/hour; eight are 60" x 8.5m with a 918tonnes/hour capacity; eight are 72" x 15m with a 1590tonnes/hour capacity, and 16 are 36" x 7m with a 575 mtph capacity.

The feeders will be installed as part of the copper concentrator expansion project that is targeting a capacity increase of 110,000tonnes/day. After the project, the mine will be able to process up to 200,000tonnes/ of copper ore daily.

Buenavista del Cobre belongs to the Grupo Mexico holding company, which has a number of mining activities in Mexico, Peru and the USA. Grupo Mexico is the third largest copper producer worldwide and owns the biggest copper reserves globally. The group's sales in 2012 were over US$10 billion (€7.7 billion).

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