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:: Metso and FQM Kevitsa Mine Expand Service Collaboration with a New Contract in Finland
Metso has won a service contract for the maintenance and wear parts supply of FQM Kevitsa mine's primary gyratory crusher. The Kevitsa copper-nickel mine is owned by the Canadian company First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (FQM) and located in Sodankylä, Finland. The value of the contract will not be disclosed.
The contract for the primary gyratory crusher is yet another step in the successful service collaboration between the two companies. Earlier this year, Kevitsa entrusted the wear parts supply and installation as well as wear parts optimization of its grinding mills to Metso. So far, the results have been impressive and the duration of service shutdowns has decreased. Now the aim is to achieve similar improvements with the primary gyratory crusher, with longer lifetime of wear parts being the most important goal.
"When we made the decision to update our mill linings and switch from traditional liners to Metso's innovative Megaliner(TM), it became obvious that the primary gyratory crusher would be the next obstacle on our way to full capacity," says Timo Ikäheimonen, Maintenance Planning Manager at FQM Kevitsa.
"At Kevitsa, we find it important to improve the entire plant in a balanced way instead of just optimizing individual process parts. Therefore, we began negotiations with Metso well in advance to ensure that the lifetime and change-out of the primary gyratory crusher's wear parts would correspond to the higher availability requirements for the crusher as well as to the needs of the process. Metso's ability to simultaneously optimize the wear parts and their installation as an integrated process played a key role in our decision to collaborate with them on the non-Metso crusher," Ikäheimonen continues.
Metso's ability to offer a customized, long-term optimization plan played a key role in Kevitsa's decision.
"Metso was able to offer us the best total solution. They had convincing test results of our ore already in the proposal phase and a clear development plan for the particular needs of our process and installation," says Heikki Kamula, Maintenance Engineer, FQM Kevitsa. "Metso has a clear, integrated view, and a well-defined path for the long run," he continues.
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