Saving time and money in Kazakhstan

Typical copper concentrator layout

Typical copper concentrator layout

When a mining company in Kazakhstan needed fast start-up, efficient operation and reduced environmental impact, it turned to FLSmidth.

Our customers can get everything they need directly from FLSmidth, with all services managed under one umbrella. That’s why the execution schedule can be compressed.
— Guy Carraux Global Director, Concentrator Extended Scope

The company, Kazakhmys PLC, recently placed a contract to have FLSmidth design a copper concentrator and to supply all of the process technology for a plant to be built at their Bozshakol copper mine. The mine is 220 kilometers (about 150 miles) north of the capital city of Astana, which has the distinction of being the second coldest capital in the world.

The extreme cold temperatures in the winter, which often drop to -44°C, require that FLSmidth carefully plan and adapt all plant and equipment designs for this harsh environment. FLSmidth is up to the challenge, having ongoing experience designing equipment for a mine near Mongolia's capital of Ulaanbaatar—the coldest capital in the world.
FLSmidth won the contract for many reasons, including our ability to integrate all of our new and heritage equipment, our offering of all engineering disciplines and access to our metallurgical testing and ore characterization laboratories.

“Our customers can get everything they need directly from FLSmidth, with all services managed under one umbrella,” said Guy Carraux, FLSmidth Global Director, Concentrator Extended Scopes. “That’s why the execution schedule can be compressed, saving time and money.”

To fill the order, FLSmidth will supply technologies for crushing, milling, flotation, thickening, filtering, cycloning, pumping and automation, as well as regrind mills and material handling conveyors and feeders. Additionally, FLSmidth will procure auxiliary third-party items for the plant on behalf of the customer and provide erection supervision, start-up and commissioning services.

The copper concentrator will have a capacity of 5 million tons of ore per year. FLSmidth’s equipment will provide higher energy efficiencies and improved process performance, which translate into reduced environmental impact.

CONTACT: Guy Carraux