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MACA Limited secures $10m contract for works at WA Browns Range mine


Posted by Monica Gameng

MACA Limited has recently been awarded a $10 million contract for mining and construction services at Northern Minerals’ heavy rare earths pilot project located 160-kilometres south east of Halls Creek in Western Australia.

MACA’s scope of works will include mining 180,000 tonnes of ore and associated waste from the Gambit West and Wolverine pits at Browns Range as well as the construction of roads and an airstrip.

“The Browns Range site is now a hive of activity with the arrival of mining, admin and other site personnel. With mining for the pilot plant project to be completed as a single, six-month campaign, we expect that the site will be significantly transformed over the short term,” Northern Minerals Managing Director and CEO George Bank said.

Browns Range Project

Pilot-plant-overlay.jpgSource: Northern Minerals

Stage one of the Browns Range Project will include the construction of a three-year 60,000 tonnes per annum pilot plant, consisting of an open cut mine as well as a beneficiation and hydrometallurgical pilot plant.

The second stage of the project will involve developing the project and the final stage will include building the project to become a full-scale production.

This project is set to become the first major producer of dysprosium outside China.

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Source: The West Australian and MACA Limited

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

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