Engenium have now powered full force into the Amex Resources Mba Delta Ironsands Project in Fiji, with Amex awarding the company stage one of the execution phase for the port washing and storage facility at Lautoka Port.
Engenium recently received the good news that their expertise would be required to carry out the detailed design and procurement for the port washing and storage facility. This would include writing scopes of work, drawings, specifications, contract documents, conducting tender evaluations and preparing recommendations for award. Stage two, the construction management phase, is currently being reviewed by Amex and is expected to be awarded in around two months time.
“We are delighted to continue this project through to execution”. Said Engenium’s General Manager of Resources Glenn Bigland. “Engenium became involved in the Amex Resources Mba Delta Ironsands Project back in October 2011 when we were appointed to work on the Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS). The BFS was completed at the end of June 2012 and we were pretty confident that the project was in a good position to continue onto the next stage. We hope to continue our relationship with Amex and participate in the construction management phase.” He added.
The project, covering more than 132 square kilometres, is located at the mouth of the Ba River, on the northwest coast of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu. The resource occurs as a simple flat lying blanket of fine to coarse magnetite-bearing sand approximately 15 kilometres long by up to 4 kilometres wide. This area has an indicated resource of 220 million tonnes of magnetite concentrate.
The magnetite concentrate will be barged 30 km along the Ba Roads shipping lane to Amex’s port facility at Lautoka. At the port side, the concentrate would be unloaded, washed in fresh water to remove sea salt content and then stockpiled in an enclosed concentrate storage shed. Approximately every three weeks, stockpiled concentrate will be loaded onto a vessel for export to Asia.
Engenium has a strong history in mining logistics and port projects in Australia and internationally, having undertaken port and logistics studies for companies such as Cazaly Resources and Polaris Metal. The company’s understanding of mine to port operations and cost structures allow Engenium to deliver solutions that not only reduce capital costs, but also ongoing operations and maintenance costs.