Downer EDI, along with its joint venture partner Ausenco, has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by OZ Minerals Carrapateena for work at the Carrapateena copper gold mine project in South Australia.
The Carrapateena mine is located 160km north of Port Augusta.
The work includes engineering, procurement and construction of a new minerals processing plant, including non-process infrastructure to support the operations; setting up power distribution; development of bore fields for regional water supply; and establishing full communications and telemetry network.
Initial works, valued at $100m, will commence under a limited notice to proceed (LNTP) and construction will begin at the end of the first quarter of the 2018 calendar year. The full contract value is estimated at $312m.
In a release, Downer chief executive officer Grant Fenn said that the project is expected to play a critical role in boosting the copper export capacity for OZ Minerals and South Australia.
Fenn said: “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.
“We look forward to working closely with Ausenco and bringing innovative and efficient solutions to OZ Minerals.”
Ausenco chief executive officer Zimi Meka said: “With our complementary values, people, approaches and absolute commitment to a safe and cost-effective project, we are delighted to be working with Downer and look forward to delivering a successful project for OZ Minerals.”
Downer EDI owns 88% of Spotless Group Holdings. The company employs 56,000 people across more than 300 sites in Australia and New Zealand, the Asia-Pacific region, South America and Southern Africa.
Based in Brisbane, Australia, Ausenco is a multinational engineering, procurement, construction management, and operations service provider to the energy and resources sectors.