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Big contract for FLSmidth Minerals

FLSmidth Minerals awarded a contract for a turnkey minerals processing plant and associated facilities, worth more than A$170 million, for the supply of a complete processing plant as well as materials handling systems – from the mine through the processing plant to the ship loading conveyor – for Aurox Resources at the Balla Balla site, south-west of Port Hedland.

The equipment to be supplied includes a relocatable gyratory crusher station, ore stockpiling and reclaiming equipment as well as concentrate stockpiling, reclaiming and shiploading equipment, SAG and ball mills, cyclones and pumps, concentrate and tailing thickening as well as clarification and filtration equipment, and plant automation systems.

FLSmidth will also provide the project management as well as coordination services for construction, equipment installation and plant commissioning.

Although not readily recognised in Australia in its own right, FLSmidth has, through acquisition, given itself a strong operating presence across the country through a number of Australia’s leading mineral processing specialists.

Brisbane-based hydrocyclone engineers Krebs Engineers, NSW- and WA-based solid/liquid separation experts Dorr-Oliver Eimco, Victorian mineral processing engineers FFE Minerals and (where) feeding, sizing, crushing and screening equipment suppliers Abon all now operate under the worldwide FLSmidth umbrella — an alignment which, according to David Williams, Regional Marketing Director, Separation at FLSmidth Minerals Pty Ltd, offers the Australian mining and minerals processing sectors the opportunity for a consistency of proven performance and technology across the processing equipment and materials handling spectrums.

“Each of the local [Australian] companies in the group has proven themselves in the market,” Williams said. “While each will continue to operate independently we will combine when the opportunities present themselves to design and build fully integrated facilities for mineral processing clients throughout the region.”

Williams said the range of equipment and services the group can offer will generate synergies for the design, installation and commissioning of minerals processing and materials handling equipment. He argues the availability of complementary equipment and the appointment of a single project manager will have real cost and efficiency benefits for clients.

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