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FLSmidth sells three system packages to Gold Fields

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FLSmidth has confirmed the sale of three system packages to Gold Fields Ltd for the Salares Norte project in Chile. The large Downstream Gold product line project comprises three complete process Islands: a Merrill Crowe, an AARL elution circuit and a Refinery.

The process plant will treat 2 million tpy of ore and is expected to produce an average of 2.6 million oz of silver and 286 000 oz of gold annually during its first seven years in operation.

FLSmidth’s systems were chosen for their proven quality and the durability of the technologies involved. These factors were crucial for the customer given the modular, fully-automated and custom design required for the specificities of the gold mine, which is situated in the Atacama region of northern Chile at 4500 m in elevation (15 000 ft). Given the high altitude, it was important that the systems were as automated as possible, with the option of remote monitoring.

Salares Norte further solidifies the company’s position as a premium supplier of projects and solutions, even in the most challenging conditions. This contract is also noteworthy given how few new, large gold/silver mines have been established in South America in recent years.

Jorge Carvajal, Project Sales Director, commented: “These orders are the result of work well done and close collaboration. This, in conjunction with a strong focus on our customer during the entire process, were crucial in solidifying our position as a key technical solutions provider in the gold market.”

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