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New crushing station makes its commercial debut in Brazil

| By Gerald Ondrey

Last month, Amarillo Gold Corp. (Toronto, Canada; selected Metso Outotec’s (Helsinki, Finland; modular FIT Station for its Posse Gold greenfield mining project in the state of Goiás in central Brazil. This will be the first commercial installation of the new crushing and screening system, which was first introduced to the markets last year.

FIT Stations are focused on flexibility and speed for quick installation with two solutions: Jaw stations and Re-crushing stations. The capacities range from 200 up to 3,000 ton/h and both can be used in unique applications with multiple equipment configurations available for flexibility. When comparing the FIT Stations to similar crushing and screening plants in mining, Metso Outotec has seen delivery-time reduction by up to 25% and erection time reduction by up to 15%. With both the Jaw and Re-crushing station options, most of the steel-structure modules can be supplied in containers, for quick delivery and reduced welding time needed on site for the steel structures. Re-crushing stations can handle capacities up to 750 ton/h, and are applied in secondary or tertiary stockpile re-crushing applications. Recrushing stations involve the company’s HP Series cone crushers.

When placed as a supplementary plant for reprocessing plants, the Re-crushing stations will increase semi-autogenous-grinding (SAG) mill capacity by up to 15%, says the company. The Jaw stations have capacities up to 3,000 ton/h.

The FIT Station to be delivered to the Posse Gold project has a design capacity of 540 ton/h of run-of-mine (ROM), with an average production of 102.000 oz of gold/yr (years 1 to 4). The station consists of crushers, vibrating feeders and screens, as well as conveyors and related structures and other equipment.