OZ inks $312m EPC deal
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.
The Carrapateena mine site under construction.