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Metso will supply key crushing equipment to Winning Consortium Simandou for its concentrator plant at blocks 1 and 2 of the Simandou iron ore mine in Guinea.

The value of the order exceeds €10 million ($16 million) and consists of 16 Nordberg HP900 secondary and tertiary cone crushers.

Metso’s Nordberg HP series has over 10,000 installations worldwide in the aggregate and mining industries.

“We are pleased to be chosen as the supplier of the state-of-the-art crushing equipment for the Simandou iron project by WCS,” Metso head of mineral sales in greater China Xun Fang said.

“We will leverage our global knowledge and resources to support the success of this project.”

Winning Consortium Simandou was set up by the founders of SMB Winning Consortium, Winning International Group, China Hongqiao, and UMS Guinea. The company and its affiliates will develop and operate the Simandou open pit iron ore mine, the railway, the port and an airport.

Simandou is considered the world’s largest untapped high-grade iron ore deposit.

WCS won the public tender to develop Simandou iron ore blocks 1 and 2 in November 2019 and signed a base convention agreement with the Guinean Government in June 2020.

Rio Tinto hold rights to Simandou’s blocks 3 and 4 through Rio Tinto Simfer, which is a joint venture between Rio Tinto, Chalco Iron Ore Holdings, and the Guinean Government. Rio Tinto is the majority shareholder and managing partner of Rio Tinto Simfer.

The major miner announced in December 2023 that its initial share of capital expenditure to build blocks 3 and 4 of the Simandou iron ore mine, alongside associated rail and port infrastructure, would cost about $US6.2 billion ($9.2 billion).