Golden opportunities at WA Works sundowner

14 July, 2017

Life is golden for Civmec chief executive Patrick Tallon.

That’s because Civmec, along with joint venture partners Amec Foster Wheeler, are ramping up their efforts on the Gruyere Gold project 200 km east of Laverton.

Tallon will be on hand at the next WA Works Sundowner on August 3 to discuss the scope of the Gruyere contract and what opportunities will be available to potential subcontractors.

Last month one of the miners behind the project, Gold Road Resources, confirmed the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract had been signed with the joint venture allowing work on the design, procurement and installation of the process plant and associated infrastructure to commence.

In April Tallon said this was one of the largest and most prestigious projects in Western Australia and they were delighted to play a major part.

Gold Road managing director and chief executive Ian Murray welcomed the execution of the EPC contract.

“This is another key milestone in the delivery of Gruyere into production and we look forward to work on the plant and associated infrastructure commencing in earnest on site,” he said.

“Importantly, this contract will focus on maximising the local content in the construction of Gruyere and generating significant employment opportunities in the Goldfields region and Western Australia more broadly.”

The EPC contract executed by the Gruyere JV is a “lump sum, fixed price” contract valued at A$298 million.

ACJV has committed to maximising procurement through local Australian sources for the supply of steel and equipment for the project.

The steel and platework fabrication for the process plant will be carried out at Civmec’s 200,000 m2 fabrication facility in Henderson ‐ the largest heavy engineering facility of its kind in Australia.

Fabrication of the process plant and other project infrastructure at the Henderson facility will provide direct work for an estimated 30 to 50 people.

The joint venture expects to have a total workforce of approximately 300 people on site at peak construction and will begin mobilising to Gruyere in August 2017.

The Gruyere gold project was discovered by Gold Road in October 2013 on the South Dorothy Hills Trend, 25 km northeast of the company’s original Yamarna Belt discovery, Central Bore.

Within 10 months of Gruyere’s discovery, Gold Road had defined a significant high-grade gold deposit and announced a maiden JORC 2012 Mineral Resource of 96.93 Mt grading 1.23 g/t Au.

The Gruyere Mineral Resource has since grown to 148 Mt grading 1.3 g/t Au, making it one of the largest undeveloped known gold deposits in Australia.

The feasibility study delivered by Gold Road in October 2016 envisaged a large-scale open pit mine feeding a 7.5 Mt/y processing plant and producing an average of 270,000 oz/y of gold over an initial 13 year mine life.

Register for the next WA Works Sundowner to hear details on the opportunities available under the Amec Foster Wheeler Civmec JV.