FLSmidth has signed a DKK950 million contract with ShalkiyaZinc to provide mineral processing gear, together with mill circuit pumps, for a greenfield zinc-lead concentrator at its zinc and lead mine within the Kyzylorda region of Kazakhstan.
The tools will remodel the plant into a world-class facility that efficiently separates minerals with a minimised environmental impact.
FLSmidth will provide two underground crushing stations with a supplies handling system to the process plant, a full package deal of comminution and separation gear, including SAG and ball mills, mill circuit pumps and cyclones, the zinc-lead focus 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 companies. The new concentrator shall be supported from FLSmidth’s new service supercentre in Karaganda.
Equipment delivery shall be completed during 2024, with commissioning set to begin by the top of that year.
“We are excited to receive this first order from ShalkiyaZinc, which highlights our full flowsheet experience,” says Mikko Keto, Group CEO at FLSmidth. “The wide selection of equipment included within the order will help ShalkiyaZinc save on both CAPEX and OPEX; our new nextSTEP flotation know-how will enhance the quality of the concentrates, the SAG mill will provide extra flexibility, while the automation and digital options will further enable water and power savings alongside safer operations.”

“After pressure gauge and basic design work executed by FLSmidth, we are pleased to enter this new phase of collaboration with the procurement of important technologies to enhance the productivity and sustainability of our plant,” says Assel Rakhimova, chief project director of Tau-Ken Samruk. “We consider in successful execution and sit up for receiving the ordered tools in accordance with the schedule for installation and to continue working with FLSmidth on commissioning services and spare components.”

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