Swedish miner and metals producer Boliden has struck a five-year, €35 million deal with supplier Metso Outotec to provide its Kevitsa nickel-copper mine in northern Finland with the manufacturer’s advanced new mill relining service.
Metso said the life cycle services contract covering Megaliner supply and optimisation for four mills, supported by shutdown planning and mill lining repair and recycling, was a “performance-based cost-per-tonne agreement”.
“The common target is to ensure the availability of the grinding circuit and to maximise valuable production time, striving for a common sustainability goal that benefits both parties,” it said.
The manufacturer said the introduction of its circularity innovation – a unique separation line to process rubber and liners of all sizes – followed more than a decade of intensive development work and pilots for worn mill liner recycling. “In the first phase, the recycling service using the new separation line is available for mill lining service contract customers in Europe,” it said. “The service will be expanded to new markets in 2023.”
As well as Kevitsa, which also produces cobalt and precious metals, Boliden has operations in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Ireland.