Ausenco part­ners with OZ Min­er­als to de­liver at Car­ra­p­ateena

The Australian Mining Review - - OZ MINERALS -

AUSENCO, to­gether with joint-ven­ture part­ner Downer, is part­ner­ing with OZ Min­er­als to de­liver a cap­i­tal and oper­a­tionally ef­fi­cient plant on the Car­ra­p­ateena project.

The Car­ra­p­ateena cop­per-gold project, about 160km north of Port Au­gusta in South Aus­tralia’s highly prospec­tive Gawler Cra­ton, has been ac­knowl­edged as one of Aus­tralia’s largest un­de­vel­oped cop­per de­posits, with an es­ti­mated mine life of 20 years.

Con­struc­tion of Car­ra­p­ateena is un­der­way and com­mis­sion­ing is sched­uled for Q4 2019 after which the project will ramp up to steady state pro­duc­tion.

As part of its work on the project, Ausenco pro­vided a num­ber of in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions in­clud­ing op­ti­mis­ing the plant foot­print, cre­at­ing an ef­fec­tive equip­ment lay­out, and ag­gres­sively pur­su­ing re­duc­tions in quan­ti­ties.

Ausenco also min­imised ve­hi­cle and pedes­trian traf­fic, which in­creased safety; re­duced roads and min­imised dis­tances be­tween process steps, which in­creased ef­fi­ciency; re­duced cap­i­tal and main­te­nance costs; and found con­structabil­ity ef­fi­cien­cies to re­duce man-hours on site.

As in pre­vi­ous projects, Ausenco’s de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing was fit for pur­pose, with no un­nec­es­sary en­gi­neer­ing or costs.

On the Car­ra­p­ateena project, the joint ven­ture with Downer has al­lowed Ausenco to draw on Downer’s suc­cess­ful and fo­cussed con­struc­tion ex­per­tise.

Ausenco ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent, global project de­liv­ery Ron Dou­glas said build­ing the joint ven­ture into a seam­less sin­gle de­liv­ery struc­ture and ex­e­cu­tion in a rel­a­tively re­mote area was not with­out its chal­lenges.

“For­tu­nately, Ausenco has many years of ex­pe­ri­ence in de­liv­er­ing com­plex projects in sim­i­lar lo­ca­tions, so we were able to use this project man­age­ment ex­per­tise to en­sure the suc­cess­ful de­liv­ery of the project as planned,” Mr Dou­glas said.

Ausenco has de­vel­oped a well-es­tab­lished rep­u­ta­tion around the de­sign and sup­ply of cop­per con­cen­tra­tion plants, such as that at Car­ra­p­ateena.

The com­pany has con­tin­ued to be flex­i­ble and to work with its clients to sup­port them through­out their projects.


Con­struc­tion of the Car­ra­p­ateena pro­cess­ing plant is un­der­way.

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