Metso Corporate Newsroom News 2024 Metso and Almalyk MMC sign frame agreement for major copper smelter delivery in Uzbekistan
Press release April 2, 2024

Metso and Almalyk MMC sign frame agreement for major copper smelter delivery in Uzbekistan

Metso Corporation’s press release on April 2, 2024, at 09:00 a.m. EEST

Metso and JSC Almalyk Mining and Metallurgical company (Almalyk MMC) have signed a frame agreement on significant process technology deliveries for Almalyk MMC’s new copper smelter investment in Uzbekistan. The companies have collaborated on the development of minerals processing and metallurgical operations since 2011.

Equipment package contracts under the framework agreement will be booked once they have been signed and become effective. We currently estimate that the majority of those contracts will be signed this year. The frame agreement is a continuation of Metso’s and Almalyk MMC’s contract signed at the end of 2022 for the design and basic engineering work for the copper smelter.

The planned production capacity of the new copper smelter, which will be integrated with the company’s existing operations in Almalyk, is 300,000 tpa of copper cathodes and 1.8 million tpa of sulphuric acid.

”We are very pleased to be selected as the strategic partner for Almalyk MMC’s smelter project,” says Piia Karhu, President of Metso’s Metals business area. ”Metso will provide Almalyk MMC with the most advanced sustainable Planet Positive technology for their copper refining processes,” she continues.

Almalyk MMC is the main copper producer in Uzbekistan. The company produces refined copper, gold, silver, zinc, molybdenum, lead concentrate and other products. More information about the company is available on their website,

Read more about Metso’s offering for minerals and metals processing on our website.

Further information:

Piia Karhu, President, Metals, Metso, tel. +358 20 484 100, email: piia.karhu(at)

Helena Marjaranta, Vice President, Communications and Brand, Metso, tel. +358 20 484 3212, email: helena.marjaranta(at)

Metso is a frontrunner in sustainable technologies, end-to-end solutions and services for the aggregates, minerals processing and metals refining industries globally. We improve our customers’ energy and water efficiency, increase their productivity, and reduce environmental risks with our product and service expertise. We are the partner for positive change.   

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