Fluor Petrosea Joint Organization (FPJO) has secured a contract to construct a new grinding mill at the Grasberg copper and gold mining district in Papua, Indonesia.
The contract has been awarded by PT Freeport Indonesia, a unit of Freeport-McMoRan.
FPJO, a joint venture between engineering firms Fluor and Petrosea, will be responsible for the construction of a third semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill.
This mill will be located adjacent to the existing milling facilities at the Grasberg minerals district, which includes open-pit and underground mines.
The additional SAG mil is expected to boost milling capacity to nearly 240,000 tonnes per day, as the mine transitions from open pit to underground operation.
FPJO plans to commence construction on the new mill later this year with plans for completion in 2023.
Fluor’s office in Perth, Australia will spearhead the project. This will be supported by Fluor’s offices in Jakarta Indonesia, and Vancouver, Canada.
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Fluor mining & metals business president Tony Morgan said: “Fluor has built several expansions at Grasberg as well as other major projects in Indonesia since the 1980s.
“We value the trust we have earned over the decades with the Freeport team and are proud to expand our global footprint in the industry as a solutions provider for the global copper demand.”
Work is being ramped up at the mine’s underground operation, where production is focused on the Deep Mill Level Zone and Grasberg Block Cave mines.
Located in the remote highlands of the Sudirman Mountain Range, the mine closed its open pit operations in 2019.
FPJO plans to commence construction on the new mill later this year. Credit: Willi Heidelbach/Pixabay.