Metso Outotec to deliver world’s largest grinding mills to Kansanshi copper mine in Zambia

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Canadian First Quantum Minerals (FQM) has awarded an order to Metso Outotec for two very large horizontal grinding mills for the company’s copper mine expansion in Zambia. The value of the order, which is not disclosed, has been booked in Minerals’ Q2/2022 orders received.

Metso Outotec’s delivery includes two Planet Positive PremierTM  grinding mills with a total installed power of 50MW. To meet the need for efficient and fast replacement of the lining systems, as well as ensuring a long wear life, the ball mill will be equipped with the Metso Outotec Megaliner™ and the SAG mill will be equipped with Metso Outotec metallic mill lining and a high-performance discharge system.

FQM’s Kansanshi mine, located near Solwezi in the North-western Province of Zambia, is amongst the largest copper mines in the world and the largest in Africa.

First Quantum Minerals are currently working on its further expansion including a standalone 25Mtpa processing plant that will increase copper production substantially. Metso Outotec grinding mills provide advanced user-friendly operations, main bearing systems, high availability and ease of maintenance.