FLSmidth to provide mineral processing technologies for zinc-lead concentrator in Kazakhstan

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FLSmidth has signed a DKK950 million contract with ShalkiyaZinc to supply mineral processing equipment, including filters and thickeners, for a greenfield zinc-lead concentrator at its zinc and lead mine in the Kyzylorda region of Kazakhstan.

The equipment will transform the plant into a world-class facility that efficiently separates minerals with a minimised environmental impact.

FLSmidth will supply two underground crushing stations with a materials handling system to the process plant, a full package of comminution and separation equipment, including SAG and ball mills, mill circuit pumps and cyclones, the zinc-lead concentrate flotation and regrinding circuit, including nextSTEP, VXP vertical mills, concentrate thickeners, and Pneumapress filters, 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 FLSmidth’s new service supercentre in Karaganda.

Equipment delivery will be completed during 2024, with commissioning set to start by the end of that year.

“We are excited to receive this first order from ShalkiyaZinc, which highlights our full flowsheet expertise,” says Mikko Keto, Group CEO at FLSmidth. “The wide range of equipment included in the order will help ShalkiyaZinc save on both CAPEX and OPEX; our new nextSTEP flotation technology will improve the quality of the concentrates, the SAG mill will provide more flexibility, while the automation and digital solutions will further enable water and energy savings alongside safer operations.”

“After testing and basic design work executed by FLSmidth, we are pleased to enter this new phase of collaboration with the procurement of critical technologies to improve the productivity and sustainability of our plant,” says Assel Rakhimova, chief project director of Tau-Ken Samruk. “We believe in successful execution and look forward to receiving the ordered equipment according to the schedule for installation and to continue working with FLSmidth on commissioning services and spare parts.”