WEIR COMPLETES ANTAMINA ORDER

26.02.2001

The Weir Group has completed its largest ever contract for the mining industry.

It has supplied a US$15 million package of pumps, cyclones and associated rubber-lined products to the Antamina copper mine in the Peruvian Andes.

The mine - owned by NORANDA and Rio Algom (each 37.5%) and TECK Corporation (25%) - is due to start production in June. It will process 70,000 tons per day and have an expected life-span of 20 years.

Weir's South American subsidiary, VULCO, co-ordinated the group's combined capability in discussions with the main contractor, Bechtel Corporation, with whom it had worked closely on its previous largest contract, pumps worth US$10m, for the world's largest copper mine at Collahuasi.

The contract has involved Weir's various international pump-making operations, including Warman-ASH horizontal slurry pumps, Galigher, Floway (all USA), Weir Pumps (UK) and GEHO (Holland).

Ricardo Garib, who runs Weir's operations in South America, said: "All product manufacturing has now been completed under a fast-track programme and successfully commissioned. We are delighted with the way the project has been handled and it shows the strong world-wide capability of the Weir Group for the global mining industry."

On-going aftermarket services will be provided by local Weir companies in South America, managed by VULCO Peru general manager Oscar Bauer.

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