Almina Minas do Alentejo S.A. confirmed it is moving ahead with preparations to upgrade its copper and zinc concentrator at the Almina mine in Aljustrel, in the Iberian pyrite belt in Portugal, with technology from Metso.
The company placed an order with the supplier, its key equipment partner, in the first quarter of 2023 and Metso has now completed the basic engineering of the grinding island.
Delivery of the concentrator plant equipment will be near the end of the second quarter of 2024.
The project is expected to be commissioned by the end of the first quarter of 2025.
“Collaboration between Almina Minas do Alentejo S.A and Metso is strong,” said Saso Kitanoski, president for Metso’s Europe market area.
“We are excited to continue working with Almina on this project, for which they selected us to supply the grinding island, as well as flotation, filtration, and thickening equipment, as well as all slurry pumps. The deliveries will be fast as the plant will be built already within the next 24 months.”
Miguel Santos, senior sales manager for Metso Minerals in Iberia and Italy, said Almina chose to collaborate with Metso because it was able to bring extensive expertise and confidence that the project will deliver robust performance, availability and sustainability results.
“Almina trusts Metso as a partner for this project as we can provide them with a comprehensive package of solutions to help them achieve their targets. Several of the solutions to be delivered to Almina feature our Planet Positive technology,” Santos added.