Jacobs Engineering has secured a contract from Newcrest Mining for works on the planned expansion of the Cadia gold operations located in the Cadia Valley approximately 25 kilometres from Orange in central New South Wales.
Jacobs Engineering will be delivering underground materials handling services that will support the feasibility study for the expansion of the Cadia operations that’s anticipated to be released in the second half of 2019.
“During the previous study phase, our mining and minerals experts helped identify a low capital intensity solution as part of an integrated team. By embracing an owners’ mindset and applying our experience in underground mining, materials handling and expansion projects, our integrated approach has the potential to deliver an impressive return on capital for Newcrest,” Jacobs Mining, Minerals and Technology Senior Vice President Andrew Berryman said.
The planned expansion of Cadia is set to increase the plant’s capacity to up to 33Mtpa and with the potential to further increase to 35Mtpa.
On a pre-feasibility study released in August 2018, Newcrest stated that the Cadia expansion is estimated to cost approximately $598 million. The estimate includes $58 million for low cost plant and underground materials handling expansion - which Jacobs Engineering will be a part of - as well as $540 million for the development of the next Macro Block PC2-3.
Jacobs Engineering has been supporting Newcrest Mining’s greenfield and brownfield projects across its mining sites for over two decades.
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