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:: FLSmidth Lands Large Order in Mexico for nextSTEP™ Low-energy Flotation Technology
The world’s leading silver producer and one of Mexico’s largest gold producers, Peñoles and Fresnillo PLC, have decided to introduce the latest nextSTEP™ advanced flotation technology into their operations at Fresnillo, Velardeña, and Sabinas. These companies have purchased 43 flotation cells of various sizes from FLSmidth featuring the new rotor/stator low-energy technology.
Fresnillo is one of the world’s oldest continuously operating mines, Velardeña is the second largest zinc producer in México and Sabinas is a polimetalic plant in North-Central México. The new flotation machines will be used for a new pyrite plant which will improve overall recoveries of gold and silver and for treating ores in existing operations which will be increasing their capacity respectively.
The nextSTEP™ advanced flotation mechanism, featuring a new rotor/stator, low-energy technology is rapidly gaining ground after tests have proved a reduction in energy consumption between 15-40%, while maintaining or improving recovery. "The nextSTEP™ rotor/stator technology provides a step change in flotation, metallurgical performance and energy efficiency," states Director of Flotation and Dewatering, Steve Ware: "It has the lowest operating power of any flotation mechanism on the market and is clearly the "nextSTEP™" for miners wanting to increase process plant productivity."
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