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GR Engineering wins $366m EPC contract on the Thunderbird project WA


Posted by Monica Gameng

GR Engineering Services (GRES) has secured a $366.3 million contract from Sheffield Resources for engineering design, procurement and construction of a processing plant at the Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project in Western Australia.

Under this contract, GRES will deliver a 7.5Mtpa mineral processing plant as well as associated infrastructure at the Thunderbird operations - located at the Dampier Peninsula, approximately 60 kilometres west of Derby.

GRES’ contract will also cover commissioning and testing of process and non-process infrastructure for Thunderbird. This will include a wet concentrate plant, mineral separation plant, low temperature roasting plant, administration buildings, bore fields and a high voltage power distribution. The company will also be provide support to operations for a six-month period following the completion of construction.

thunderbird-wet-concentrate-plantArtist impression of the wet concentrate plant (source: Sheffield Resources)

“This contract represents an important milestone in the development of the world-class Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project. GR Engineering has welcomed the opportunity to contribute towards bringing the project to an advanced pre-execution phase and is now committed to progressing its safe and successful delivery for Sheffield,” GRES Managing Director Geoff Jones said.

Construction on the processing plant and associated infrastructure is set to commence in the second quarter of 2019 - after the wet season - and it is estimated to have a two-year delivery period.

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Source: Australian Mining; GR Engineering Services; Sheffield Resources

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

As PlantMiner's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1000 posts. She truly is an industry expert. Monica's passion for educating and inspiring readers saw the PlantMiner blog recognised by Feedspot as one of the Best Australian Construction Blogs in 2018 and 2019. PlantMiner is Australia's largest online construction marketplace. Sign up as a vendor to find and engage with civil and commercial contractors across Australia. Alternatively, if you're looking for plant and equipment you can compare equipment and subcontractor quotes from vendors near you in just a few steps.