Fluor wins EPCM contract from Cupric Canyon for Khoemacau project in Africa

WCN Editorial Team 31 Jul 2019 AFRICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

American engineering and construction company Fluor has secured an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract from Cupric Canyon Capital for its Khoemacau copper and silver project in Botswana, Africa.

Details about the contract were not disclosed.

Fluor’s scope of work includes upgrading the existing copper concentrator plant and new mine surface infrastructure. The project is expected to produce an annual average of 62,000 tonnes of copper and 1.9 million ounces of silver, with mine life of more than 20 years.

Fluor mining and metals business president Tony Morgan said: “We worked closely with Cupric Canyon in the project’s front-end engineering and design phase to establish a capital-efficient design and execution plan for the project.

“Fluor was also involved in construction management of the early works for the camp upgrade, bush clearing, transport corridor and surface infrastructure terrace preparation.

“We will leverage our local capabilities and extensive copper experience to execute the Khoemacau project with excellence – safely, on time, on budget and with quality.”

Fluor, based in Irving, Texas, has been working in Botswana since early 2000s. In 2015, the company opened an office in Gaborone.

Recently, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has extended the Savannah River Site management and operating contract, which was awarded to Fluor-led Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) in 2008.

Fluor booked its share of the $1.8bn contract extension, which is for an additional 14 months with two 12-month options, in the third quarter of 2019.

The Savannah River Site is located near Aiken, South Carolina. SRNS will continue the management and operation activities at the site as outlined in the contract.

Work at the Savannah River Site includes environmental management and the clean-up of legacy materials, facilities, and wastes left over from the Cold War.

The site also supports and maintains nuclear weapons stockpile, along with processing and storage of nuclear materials, supporting the US nuclear non-proliferation efforts.

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Image: Cupric Canyon groundbreaking. Photo: Courtesy of Fluor Corporation.

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