Project management personnel and construction staff are being mobilised to site as MMG moves forward on its $1 billion Dugald River zinc, lead and silver project in North-West Queensland.
The company this week announced that it had entered into an amended facility agreement with China Development Bank Corporation and Bank of China for up to $US550 million to complete development at Dugald River, which has received full approval.
MMG manager stakeholder relations for Queensland Shane Goodwin said major contracts relating to the expansion of the accommodation village, construction of the processing infrastructure, and connection of the site to HV power had been awarded and works were commencing.
Among the significant contracts awarded are;
- Concentrator construction – RCR Tomlinson
- Earthworks, roads, drainage – Whittens,
- High-voltage powerline construction – Zinfra Group,
- Village expansion – Ostwald Brothers,
- Tailings dam construction – Watkins,
- Concrete batch plant – Wagners,
- Underground mining contract – Barminco.
Long-time Osborne manager Neal Valk has been appointed as mining manager at Dugald River, Pierre Malan as general manager – project delivery Dugald River and Sam Rodda as operations manager/site senior executive.
MMG is anticipating first concentrate production from Dugald River, about 65km north-west of Cloncurry, in the first half of 2018.
The mine is expected to support a 1.7 million-tonnes-per-annum nameplate plant with annual production of about 170,000 tonnes of zinc in zinc concentrate, plus by-products, over a life of almost 30 years.
MMG has designed a systematic approach to vendor registration and expressions of interest.
Businesses can register through the MMG website at http://www.mmg.com/en/About-Us/Suppliers.aspx.
A local procurement register has been developed for the Dugald River operation, open only to businesses in the Mount Isa and Cloncurry areas.
MMG said the register was regularly updated and provided to all procurement staff within MMG as well as being distributed to contract partners.
To register, Mount Isa or Cloncurry based businesses can email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title: DRM Supplier Registration – [company name].
Local business registrations should include:
• Company name / address / website or profile
• Contact person and their details
• Core business and specific area of interest and participation
• Previous experience with mining projects