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The First Ore Mining Company and Metso Outotec Signed Cooperation Agreement
The instrument is signed by Igor Semenov, Executive Director, FOMC, JSC, and Markku Teräsvasara, Vice President, Metso Outotec. The agreement underlines the parties’ interest in continuing their strategic partnership in the design, supply, installation, control and commissioning of the thickening plant for the Pavlovskoye field.
The cooperation with Finland’s Outotec emerged more than a year ago on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which gave rise to some essential activities under the project. Since that time, the company’s experts together with Aker Arctic Technology have elaborated a detailed draft design for the floating concentrator and set out a preliminary thickening flow chart and a main equipment layout.
In September 2020, representatives from Metso Outotec visited the Pavlovskoye field. In the course of the field activities, they examined the site for the would-be thickening plant, a tailing pond and infrastructure facilities, and also acknowledged that the ore samples were representative and could be used in testing.
The next stage within the partnership will include the tests to be carried out at Metso Outotec Research Center in Pori, Finland. Once the work is completed and the final thickening flow chart is developed, Metso Outotec will present the guaranteed performance indicators and design values to ensure the plant’s productivity and the high quality of the concentrates and metal extraction for the ore types studied.
«I am confident that working together with Metso Outotec will significantly improve the thickening indicators for Pavlovskoye ores, which were obtained during the studies in the previous years. As a result, we will produce premium concentrates that are in demand in the global lead and zinc markets», Igor Semenov said.
«Indeed, it is quite interesting to participate in the development of this unique project for processing minerals in the Russian Arctic. In addition to standard technological and economic matters, harsh weather conditions, lack of infrastructure, and high requirements to environmental safety in the vulnerable Arctic wildlife have made us search for the best available technologies to cover all these points,» Markku Teräsvasara said in return.
For reference: The Pavlovskoye project envisages the development of the Pavlovskoye polymetal field on the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago. As part of the project, it is planned to build the northernmost mining and processing plant to produce lead and zinc concentrates, with The First Ore Mining Company, JSC as the project operator.
Since Metso Minerals and Outotec merged, Metso Outotec has been a global leader in sustainable development technologies, integrated solutions and services used in mineral processing, metallurgy, non-metallic materials, and recycling. Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Metso Outotec employs over 15,000 people in more than 50 countries, with its pre-sales approximating to EUR 4.1 billion in 2019.