Metso has signed a three-year life-cycle service agreement with the Kevitsa copper and nickel mine in Sodankylä/Finland. Kevitsa is owned by First Quantum Minerals Ltd (FQM), a Canada originated corporation. Metso commits to reduce production downtime associated with mill liner changes and maximize grinding efficiency over the life of the contract. Metso will take complete responsibility for the supply, installation and optimization of Kevitsa mine's mill liners. Metso and Kevitsa's common goal is to increase the mill's availability, production efficiency and reduce the total cost of ownership so as to help increase mine profitability.
Metso will reduce shutdown times through advanced planning and the delivery of its patented MegalinerTM grinding mill wear parts. Additionally, the use of Megaliner parts in grinding mills increases work safety as the attachment parts are inserted from the outside of the mill. With this set-up there is no need for the workers to be in the danger-zone of the liners while installing liner bolts. Installation will begin in the latter part of 2015.