Tenova Mining snares largest ever contract in Chilean copper
Tenova Mining & Minerals has been awarded the contract for design, supply and construction of a copper ore handling and processing system and a Solvent Extraction (SX) Electrowinning (EW) plant for Minera Antucoya in Chile.
The company’s Tenova TAKRAF and Bateman subsidiaries will deliver the plants and equipment which will produce 80,000tpa of fine copper cathodes for Minera Antucoya, part of Antofagasta plc.
The new plant, with a life of approximately 20-years, will be located in the Antofagasta region, around 45kms east of the miner’s Michilla mine.
The contracts will include engineering, supply of proprietary equipment, construction, training, commissioning and start-up supervision.
Tenova TAKRAF will provide an agglomeration plant, an on-off leach pad measuring 3,000m by 800m and a waste handling system.
Tenova Bateman Technologies will supply the SX plant based on Bateman Settler technology. According to Tenova, this is a proprietary reverse-flow mixer-settler (RFMS) technology, which was developed and patented by Bateman and which is used in various plants in Chile, including Codelco’s Gaby plant and Vale’s Tres Valles plant.
“Jointly, the two Minera Antucoya contracts are the largest project ever awarded to Tenova Mining & Minerals, the division of Tenova focused on serving the global mining and minerals and metals industries,” stated Tenova’s publicity.
“The combination of biddings for the Minera Antucoya project reflects Tenova’s strategy looking forward, offering a full range of technologies and engineering services to provide clients with a unique one stop total solution source across the full mining value chain, harnessing the capacities and capabilities of multiple business units strategically located around the globe.”