Metso digital twin adds to miners’ design tools

Equipment manufacturer also wins Larox equipment order

Finland’s Metso Outotec says its digital twin offering, Geminex, is part of a “new toolbox” to help miners design and adjust mineral processing plants using advanced simulation and modelling.

The equipment manufacturer said this week Geminex could efficiently simulate and test alternative operational scenarios and parameters with “accurate process models and real data”. It uses Metso’s HSC process models said to have been implemented in “hundreds of minerals and metals processing flowsheet development cases” worldwide.

“The increasing complexity of ores, the shorter global economic cycles and the faster changes in commodities demand, combined with strict sustainability targets, form an equation that requires a new toolbox to solve these challenges,” Metso Outotec’s technology director, Kari Heiskanen, said.

Meanwhile, the manufacturer says a €30 million Larox filter and services contract for a new laterite nickel plant in Indonesia has been added to its 2022 first-quarter orders. PT Huafei Nickel Cobalt’s greenfield hydrometallurgical plant is expected to be in operation from the second quarter of 2023.


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