OZ inks $312m EPC deal

The Australian Mining Review - - NEWS - EL­IZ­A­BETH FABRI SOUTH AUS­TRALIA

DOWNER EDI and its joint ven­ture part­ner Ausenco have se­cured a $312 mil­lion con­tract to de­liver engi­neer­ing, pro­cure­ment and con­struc­tion (EPC) works at OZ Min­er­als’ Car­ra­p­ateena project, 160km north of Port Au­gusta.

The $916 mil­lion project, green lit in Au­gust, is be­ing con­structed over two stages, with the first phase of de­vel­op­ment al­most com­plete.

Downer and Ausenco will com­plete phase two works, in­clud­ing the pro­cess­ing plant and non-process in­fra­struc­ture, plant bore fields for re­gional wa­ter sup­ply, site power dis­tri­bu­tion, and full com­mu­ni­ca­tions and teleme­try net­work.

Ini­tial works will be­gin in the first quar­ter of 2018.

Downer chief ex­ec­u­tive Grant Fenn said the joint ven­ture was proud to be se­lected to de­liver this “im­por­tant project”.

“To­day’s an­nounce­ment builds on the joint ven­ture part­ners’ ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence and spe­cial­ist skills in the de­vel­op­ment of large-scale ma­te­ri­als han­dling in­fra­struc­ture and com­bines Downer’s na­tional con­struc­tion ex­per­tise with Ausenco’s world-class min­eral pro­cess­ing ca­pa­bil­ity,” Mr Fenn said.

Car­ra­p­ateena is sched­uled to be­gin com­mis­sion­ing in the fourth quar­ter of 2019 and will have an an­nual out­put of 65,000t of cop­per and 69,000 ounces (oz) of gold over a 20 year mine life.

Im­age: OZ Min­er­als.

The Car­ra­p­ateena mine site un­der con­struc­tion.

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