Metso has signed a major service contract with Northland Resources AB, consisting of a six-year service, maintenance and inspection program for the Kaunisvaara iron ore processing plant, located in northern Sweden. The contract complements previous equipment and mill lining services order, announced in 2011. The total value of the order is EUR 73 million, including the previously signed contract worth EUR 19 million.
The customized Life-Cycle Services program includes technical assistance, maintenance and shutdown planning, monthly audits, annual inspections, mechanical spare and wear parts and essential tools for all equipment used in the Tapuli iron ore process line. Metso’s on-site resources will also conduct inspections to maximize plant availability.
The contract period will commence immediately, and the actual service will commence when the Tapuli process line starts to process iron ore in November 2012. The order is included partly in Metso Mining and Construction’s 2011 and partly in the first quarter 2012 orders received. The share of each year’s contract value will be included in the corresponding year’s order backlog.
Metso will further develop its strong local services offering for mining customers and strengthen its customer service in northern Sweden. Today, Metso has a strong and competent customer service organization in Gällivare, Kiruna and Luleå.