Edited by Leon Louw
DRA Global, through its subsidiary DRA Pacific, has been awarded the engineering, procurement, and construction contract for the Dargues gold mine in New South Wales, Australia.
Dargues is owned by Diversified Minerals, an associated company of Pybar Mining Services. Pybar will be developing and operating the project’s underground mine and other infrastructure.
DRA’s project scope entails the engineering, procurement, and construction of a 355 000 tonnes per annum (tpa) capacity gold processing facility and mine backfill plant at the Dargues gold mine. The processing plant will comprise crushing, milling, flotation, and filtration circuits and produce a sulphide concentrate for export. It is expected that Dargues will produce an average of 50 000oz of gold per annum in the first six years of production.
“DRA is delighted to have the opportunity to provide our expertise to Diversified Minerals and to work with the Diversified Minerals team in successfully delivering this project,” says Greg McRostie, executive vice-president for DRA in the Asia Pacific Region.
DRA Global has been involved with the Dargues project since 2011, supporting Diversified Minerals through various studies and optimisations, culminating in the final project execution phase that is about to start. “This relatively long partnership and strong relationship developed over the project definition phase is a true reflection of the client-focused approach of DRA,” McRostie added.
Site work will commence in February 2019 and first ore is expected to be processed in early 2020.
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