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74 E&MJ • NOVEMBER 2017 www.e-mj.com SUPPLIERS REPORT Fluor JV Lands BHP Engineering Contract A Fluor Corp. joint venture team won an engineering, procurement and construc- tion contract for BHP's Spence Growth Option project at the Spence open-cut copper mine in northern Chile. The 50/50 joint venture with SalfaCorp is responsible for the delivery of the 95,000-ton-per-day copper concentrator and associated works. Fluor will book its share of the value in the third quarter of 2017. Metso to Split Minerals Services Business Metso will divide its minerals services busi- ness into two separate business areas, Min- erals Services and Minerals Consumables. The Minerals Services business area will consist of spare parts and service solutions as well as supporting distribution and repair center infrastructures. The Minerals Con- sumables business area will consist of wear part businesses together with the foundries and other manufacturing operations, as well as supply chain infrastructure. The heads of the business areas will re- port to Metso's president and CEO and will be members of Metso's executive team. This organizational change will have no impact on Metso's external reporting. MMG Deploys Fleet Management Solution MICROMINE implemented underground fleet management solution Pitram at MMG Ltd.'s Dugald River mine in north- west Queensland. The successful implementation of Pitram enables the control room admin- istrators to capture live data. The solution utilizes voice radio data capture, enabling production data to be entered into Pitram via radio communication. The Dugald River mine has one of the world's highest-grade known zinc depos- its. In 2016, the miner announced an optimized mine plan that will support a 1.7-million-metric-ton-per-year opera- tion with annual production of around 170,000 mt of zinc in zinc concentrate, plus byproducts. Brochure Released on Coarse Particle Flotation Benefits Eriez released a brochure titled This Changes Everything!, which explains how coarse particle flotation technology can increase mill throughput by as much as 15% to 20% while reducing energy and media consumption and providing a coarse tailings stream, without a loss in mineral recovery. The brochure offers a detailed time- line of the development of the HydroFloat Separator. Results are presented from early phosphate studies in 1997 to more recent sulfide evaluations, which have shown that as little as 1% surface expres- sion is required for nearly complete recov- ery of coarse particles. It highlights the major benefits of coarse particle flotation, which include reduced energy and media consump- tion, greater mill throughput, increased copper recovery, coarser tailings and im- proved water recovery. A 3-D product ren- dering and overview of the HydroFloat's principle of operation are included.

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