Metso To Supply Comminution And Minerals Processing Equipment To Aguas Tenidas, Extending The Spanish Mine's Lifetime To 15 Years

HELSINKI, Finland, Oct. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
Metso Corporation's press release on October 18, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. local timeThe contract marks yet another milestone in the collaboration of Metso and AguasTeñidas, creating one of the largest mining operations in SpainMetso will supply crushing, screening, grinding and filtration equipment toAguas Teñidas Mine, part of Trafigura Mining Group, in southwestern Spain. Thedelivery will be completed during the second quarter of 2014. The value of thedeal, the fourth one between the two companies, will not be disclosed. The orderis included in Metso Mining and Construction's third quarter 2013 ordersreceived.The 2.2 million tons per year underground mine and concentrator produces copper,zinc and lead concentrates, also containing limited amounts of gold and silver.The mine's owner, Trafigura Mining Group, is planning to invest over EUR 300million in the asset over the next two years, creating one of the largest miningoperations in Spain with the highest standards of production and innovativetechnology. As a result of this expansion, the life of the mine is expected tobe extended to 15 years.Recent exploration has discovered sufficient mineral seams to justify expansion.Because of this, a new treatment plant will be built over the next 24 months.The new plant can process twice the current amount of ore each year. The ore isexported from the ports of Huelva and Algeciras to northern Europe.Providing a comprehensive solution from crushing to filteringMetso has been closely involved in the Aguas Teñidas expansion project since thebeginning, both on process design and sizing of the comminution and mineralsprocessing equipment.Metso's delivery comprises a new tertiary crushing plant system with two HP4cone crushers, one MF 3.6 x 8.5 DD mining screen, conveyors and all ancillaries.In addition, the delivery includes two 15.5' x 27' 3,000 kW ball mills, ten SMD-355 E new-generation stirred media detritors and two VPA 1530-60 filters fordewatering of the zinc and lead concentrates. For the new tertiary crushingplant system, Metso's delivery includes basic and detailed engineering projects,the complete crushing system with erection and commissioning.Aguas Teñidas Mine (MATSA), located on the Spanish side of the 250 km longIberian Pyrite Belt, is an active mining district since Phoenician times, over2,500 years ago. It is part of Trafigura Mining Group, which was established in2012 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Trafigura to oversee Trafigura's miningassets. Trafigura is a global leader in international commodities trading andlogistics with revenue of EUR 90 billion in 2012. The Mining Group's strategy isto grow organically and acquire operational control of mining assets worldwidethat complement Trafigura's trading competencies and international presence. TheMining Group is currently active in South and Latin America, Europe, Asia andAfrica.Metso's mining and construction professionals specialize in always bringing theright technology, processes, machinery and services to our customers in theaggregates production, construction, mining and minerals processing and in metaland waste recycling. Expect results.www.metso.com/miningandconstructionMetso is a global supplier of technology and services to customers in theprocess industries, including mining, construction, pulp and paper, power, andoil and gas. Our 30,000 professionals based in over 50 countries contribute tosustainability and deliver profitability to customers worldwide. Metso's sharesare listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.www.metso.com, www.twitter.com/metsogroupFor further information, please contact:Miguel Santos, Regional Sales Manager, Mining and Construction, Metso, email:miguel.santos(at)metso.com, tel +351 21 438 85 57José Leite de Sousa, Vice President of Ibérica Sales Area, Mining andConstruction, Metso, email: jose.leite_de_sousa(at)metso.com, tel+351 21 438 85 50Metso grinding equipment in the existing concentrator at Aguas TeñidasMetso_equipment_Aguas_Tenidas: http://hugin.info/3017/R/1736601/582028.jpg[HUG#1736601]