Engineering & Mining Journal

MAR 2019

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MARCH 2019 • E&MJ 57 SUPPLIERS REPORT trolled flow through the grizzly underpan chute system. It also featured an upgrade to the crusher discharge chute. The chute has not required replace- ment since its installation over a year ago. Epiroc Wins Large Equipment Order for Peru Anglo American awarded Epiroc a sig- nificant order for multiple drill rigs and related equipment for the new Quellave- co mine, an open-pit copper mine, yet to open, in Moquegua, Peru. The order to- tals about $44 million. The order includes Pit Viper 351 and SmartROC D65 drill rigs, BenchREMOTE remote-operator stations, rock drilling tools and HB 10000 hydraulic breakers. Operators can run the rigs remotely. De- livery will start in early 2020 and contin- ue through 2021. Quellaveco represents one of the world's largest copper reserves and the project will employ thousands of people. Production is expected to begin in 2022. Leadership at Epiroc said the contract arose from its ongoing relationship with the miner. "We are proud to once again team up with Anglo American and play a key role in making sure that its new mine in Peru is operated in the most productive, safe and cost-efficient manner possible," Helena Hedblom, senior executive vice president, mining and infrastructure, said. FLSmidth Purchases Parts of AuTec from Barrick FLSmidth agreed to purchase the hydro- metallurgical and mineral processing ca- pabilities of AuTec Innovative Extractive Solutions Ltd., a subsidiary of Barrick Gold Corp. The sale includes related equipment and key personnel. Offers of employment will be made by FLSmidth to approximately 10 AuTec employees. FLSmidth reported its Mineral Testing and Research Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, will work to continue AuTec's legacy. Barrick leadership said the move will suit the unit well. "Finding a good home for these segments of AuTec's business with a trusted provider, capable of con- tinuing to support the needs of our sites, was important for us," Greg Walker, head of operations and technical excellence, Barrick Gold, said. "With FLSmidth, we're confident we will have access to high-cal- iber expertise and the capabilities to meet various test work needs going forward." With the purchase, FLSmidth will add capabilities of continuous pilot pressure oxidation, including subsequent leaching and downstream flowsheet, continuous flotation, column flotation, and benchtop roasting. These new capabilities will rein- force its position as a global leader in base and precious metal metallurgical test work and development, the company reported. "We are very excited to combine the talent and experience of AuTec with our Mineral Testing and Research Center and we look forward to serving as an ongoing trusted test center for Barrick and oth- er key miners," Wayne Douglas, head of the Mineral Testing and Research Center, FLSmidth, said. "This addition of capa- bilities will help us achieve our goal of being productivity provider No. 1 for our mining customers globally." Closing is expected to occur near the end of Q1 2019, and will be subject to customary closing conditions. Separately, FLSmidth reported it ac- quired parts of IMP Automation. The acquisition includes more than 130 IMP employees, to include the managing di- rector. Also included in the transaction is IMP's 50% share in a joint venture that provides complete O&M-based solutions for automated labs. The acquisition, expected to close in Q2 2019, is subject to closing condi- tions. The parties agreed not to disclose the terms of the transaction. FLSmidth also reported it was con- tracted to expand Hindalco's Alumina Re- finery in Odisha, India. The supplier will provide machinery and equipment for the 0.5 million-metric-tons-per-year extension of the world-class refinery of Utkal Alumi- na International Ltd. (UAIL) in Odisha. The scope of the contract includes bauxite grinding, handling, mud washing, hydrate filtration and gas suspension calci- nation packages on an EPC basis, exclud- ing civil works. FLSmidth is responsible for the design, engineering, manufactur- ing, supply and erection of these units. The contract was finalized at a recent meeting of leadership for both companies. The project is to be completed by Q2 2020. Hindalco is one of the largest integrat- ed primary producers of aluminum in Asia. Ava Group Partners With Mining3 on Wear Detection Risk management services solutions sup- plier Ava Group announced a develop- ment and commercialization agreement with Mining3, a mining innovation group. The two will launch a predictive asset monitoring solution by Future Fibre Tech- nologies (FFT), an Ava Group company. The partnership will strengthen the re- cently announced strategic alliance with Mining3, Ava Group reported. Under the agreement, FFT will use its Aura advanced fiber-optic sensing platform, combined with Mining3's signal processing algo- rithms, to bring to market FFT solution Aura IQ, a wear detection system for con- veyor rollers. Aura IQ will have the ability to pre-empt failure, generating significant time and cost savings, Ava Group reported. Weba Chutes Systems deploys a purpose-engineered solution to a diamond mine in Botswana. (Photo: Weba Chute Systems) Aura IQ, a wear-detection solution for conveyor rollers, features processing signal algorithms that enable it to pre-empt failure, Ava Group reports. (Photo: Ava Group)

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