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Mining & Metals

Mining & Metals Expertise

Fluor has a long history of executing the largest, most complex projects in the mining, metals and fertilizer industry globally. In challenging and remote locations around the world, clients trust Fluor to deliver capital efficiency and project certainty.

Fluor consolidates the subject matter expertise required to meet clients’ objectives in engineering and design, construction, and operation. Our highly skilled execution teams have the depth and breadth of knowledge to provide full project life cycle services from study to commissioning and maintenance.

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With the full life of mine in mind, Fluor’s multi-disciplinary engineering teams identify key operational value drivers for highly efficient, sustainable solutions. Fluor is a leader in the natural resources sector, with an unmatched volume of installed production capacity for volume commodities and metals.

  • Bauxite, alumina & aluminum

  • Copper

  • Diamonds

  • Gold

  • Iron ore & steel

  • Lithium, nickel, rare earth elements and other critical minerals

  • Magnesium, mineral sands, zinc and other mined commodities

  • Potash, phosphates and other fertilizers

Process Technologies

Sophisticated mineral processing solutions are instrumental to improve technoeconomic feasibility, optimize recovery grades, enhance operational efficiency and minimize waste. Fluor’s subject matter experts are recognized as industry leaders in critical areas of mineral processing and metallurgy, smelting and refining and metals processing.

Mineral processing & metallurgy

  • Hydrometallurgy

  • Pyrometallurgy

  • Electrometallurgy

  • Comminution

  • Smelting

  • Refining

Metals processing

  • Flat products

  • Rolled products

  • Forgings, extrusions and engineered products

  • Recycling

  • Direct Reduced Iron (DRI)

  • Electric Arc Furnace (EAF)

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Mine to Port Solutions

Fluor’s multi-disciplinary project teams develop innovative solutions to large, complex challenges from pit to plant to port. We design and build state of the art open pit and underground infrastructure that incorporates the most advanced technologies, with sustainability in mind.

Fluor offers highly automated, digital project and operation platforms for seamless integration into client IT infrastructure.

Material handling systems engineering is a key differentiator for Fluor, with optional design-supply services offered through our wholly owned subsidiary Virta.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Mine infrastructure

  • Open pit & underground

  • Process facilities

  • Material handling

  • Innovation and digitalization

Partner in Project Development

As a partner in project development, Fluor bundles all competencies required to deliver a solution that meets the highest technical standards and aligns operational, financial and environmental objectives.

Our project development capabilities include:

  • Feasibility, pre-feasibility and concept studies

  • De-bottlenecking

  • Engineering, procurement and construction/construction management

  • Program management consulting

Quellaveco Open Pit Copper Mine

Client: Anglo American (majority owner) and Mitsubishi
Location: Near Moquegua, Peru

Fluor performed engineering, procurement and construction to deliver one of the world’s most technically advanced mines at over 3,000 meters above sea level. Among a range of services provided by Fluor on this project, we applied our expertise to develop and manage open pit mining of a single porphyry copper deposit and ore processing in a 127.5 ktpd conventional copper concentrator – as well as the development of required mine and port infrastructure including river diversion tunnel, water and power supply, fresh water pipeline, access roads and worker accommodation.