Having designed the original facility, Fluor personnel were familiar with the client and with the challenges of the project.
During the first phase, Fluor incorporated new equipment in the flowsheets to accommodate the ore from the FQM Lonshi mine. This included ore used for crushing/grinding and in multiple pre-leach filtration units. The second phase expanded leach, filtration, and solution extraction/electrowinning (SX-EW) facilities.
Careful planning and Fluor's familiarity with the process helped to minimize interruption to production operations during the expansion.