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Iluka Cataby contract pushes Pentium Hydro drilling capacity over the line

Vysarn Limited subsidiary, Pentium Hydro, is to carry out drilling of dewatering wells at Iluka’s Cataby mine site in Western Australia following the award of a contract with Iluka Resources.

The Goods and Services contract is a variation to the original award of drilling services by Iluka back in January 2020.

The contract has an estimated value of A$1.74 million ($1.31 million) and, based on the current scope, is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. Pentium plans to mobilise to site next month.

Vysarn Managing Director, James Clement, said: “Of note, this work now provides a contract pipeline exceeding the capacity of Pentium’s current fleet of 12 rigs in the first half of the 2022 financial year. Management intend to lease or enter into hire purchase arrangements to execute the work in hand with additional drill rigs.”

KPS to leverage ETC tech in hybrid power conversion at Iluka’s Jacinth Ambrosia mine

Pacific Energy Ltd’s wholly owned KPS subsidiary has signed a contract to convert its 10 MW diesel power station at Iluka Resources’ Jacinth Ambrosia mineral sands mine in South Australia to a hybrid facility.

The facility will incorporate electric turbo compounding (ETC) technology, which, the company says, allows generators to maintain the same power output using less fuel and producing lower CO2 emissions.

The conversion and upgrade will have a meaningful impact on lowering emissions and fuel costs for Iluka, Pacific Energy claims.

KPS has operated the 10 MW diesel power station at the Jacinth Ambrosia site since 2009. Under the new contract, which runs for an initial term of seven years, KPS will:

  • Install 3.5 MW of solar power generation;
  • Integrate the solar array with the diesel power station; and
  • Introduce ETC technology to each of the 10 1 MW generators.

ETC technology makes generators work more cleanly and effectively by recovering waste energy from the exhaust to improve power density and fuel efficiency, the company explained.

Juwi Renewable Energy Pty Ltd, the Brisbane-based subsidiary of juwi AG, is to construct the medium penetration solar/diesel hybrid power solution for Jacinth Ambrosia, with KPS owning and operating the hybrid project. After completion, it is expected to deliver almost 21% of the mine site’s annual electricity needs.

Pacific Energy Chief Executive, Jamie Cullen, said: “This is an exciting development for both Pacific Energy and Iluka Resources in what we believe is a world first – integrating solar and ETC technology with an existing fossil fuel facility. The reduction in diesel consumption and improvement in fuel efficiency is expected to save over 2 million litres of diesel and over 5,500 tonnes of CO2 per year, every year, for at least the next seven years.”

Pentium Hydro to help with dewatering at Iluka’s Cataby mineral sands op

Pentium Hydro has continued to book more work from the mining sector with Iluka Resources becoming the latest company to engage it for specialised dewatering drilling.

The Vysarn subsidiary’s Goods and Services contract with Iluka at the Cataby mineral sands mine, in Western Australia, has an estimated value of A$1.875 million ($1.3 million) and, based on the current scope, is expected to be complete before the end of June 2020.

Pentium plans to mobilise to site in early February, with the company carrying out the drilling of dewatering and injection wells at the Southern Area Development project at Cataby.

Managing Director of Pentium, Sheldon Burt, said: “The mobilisation of this rig will be the seventh rig of the fleet committed to a drilling program since acquiring the assets and the company’s relisting on ASX in September 2019.”

Pentium’s list of recent project awards includes Fortescue Metals Group at Cloudbreak, Roy Hill at its Western Australia iron ore mine and the AngloGold Ashanti- and Independence Group-owned Tropicana gold mine.

Burt added: “The award of this work further strengthens the company’s strategy to become the premium dewatering service provider in Western Australia, specifically to Tier One mining clients.”

SciDev and Iluka Resources take chemistry to the Max at Jacinth-Ambrosia

ASX-listed SciDev Ltd says it has been awarded a three-year contract with Iluka Resources for delivery of MaxiFlox® chemistry to the Jacinth–Ambrosia zircon mine, in South Australia.

The contract, expected to be worth some A$8-12 million ($5-8 million) over the three-year term, follows the delivery of a chemical products trial for the miner in the December quarter of 2018. This itself occurred following the announcement of a commercial OptiFlox® System test SciDev carried out.

MaxiFlox is specifically designed for use in solid liquid separation processes, SciDev says. Products in the MaxiFlox range are supplied in both liquid and powder form across an extensive range of molecular weights and charge densities to solve industrial challenges. Products include:

  • MaxiFlox organic liquid coagulants (based on synthetic organic monomers and naturally occurring polysaccharides);
  • MaxiFlox inorganic liquid coagulant blends;
  • MaxiFlox cationic and anionic flocculant emulsions;
  • MaxiFlox cationic and anionic flocculant powders;
  • MaxiFlox mud solidification polymers, and;
  • MaxiFlox antifoam products.

The technology can be used across a range of industries including mining and minerals processing, water and wastewater, oil and gas, food and beverage and paper manufacturing.

Iluka’s Jacinth-Ambrosia operation is the world’s largest zircon mine, according to the miner. Comprising two contiguous deposits, Jacinth and Ambrosia, the mine is around 800 km from Adelaide and 270 km from the Port of Thevenard.

The operation encompasses mining and wet concentration activities with heavy mineral concentrate transported to Iluka’s Narngulu mineral separation plant in Western Australia for final processing. Jacinth-Ambrosia can produce up to some 1,000 t/h of heavy mineral concentrate, which can produce up to ~300,000 t/y of zircon.

SIMPEC wins more work from MSP Engineering, Iluka Resources

SIMPEC says it has been awarded more than A$5 million ($3.46 million) in scope extensions to its current contracts in Western Australia.

WestStar Industrial’s engineering contractor business said the bulk of this work is either underway or will commence imminently and was built on the original awards from MSP Engineering (for the Tianqi Lithium Kwinana processing plant, pictured) and Iluka Resources (for the Cataby mineral sands project).

This news comes hot on the heels of SIMPEC announcing major contract awards, the most recent being the A$10 million win from ATCO to supply and install the electrical, communications and dry fire systems for an 800-room mine camp at Fortescue Metals Group’s Eliwana iron ore mine site in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

SIMPEC said its team has grown substantially over the past six months with nearly 150 personnel and contractors now working across all of its current contracts.

SIMPEC Managing Director, Mark Dimasi, said: “These scope extensions are a direct result of our strong performance on site. With safety at the forefront of everything we do, SIMPEC is performing very well across all projects and working very closely with our clients.”

SIMPEC ready for camp construction and deconstruction at West Angelas

WestStar Industrial’s engineering contractor business, SIMPEC, has been awarded a key contract by ATCO Structures and Logistics in the construction and deconstruction of a 600-room camp at Rio Tinto’s West Angelas iron ore mine in the Pilbara of Western Australia.

The A$4 million ($2.96 million) contract award work is due to commence early in 2019.

SIMPEC’s electrical and communications scope of work is to design, supply, construct, test, commission and deconstruct the electrical and communications systems of the construction camp. The camp will be delivered over a three-to-four-month period and is to be used in the major development project at West Angelas to build deposits C and D.

Following completion of mine development, SIMPEC will return to site and deconstruct the camp’s electrical and communications systems.

SIMPEC said the contract award at West Angelas builds on the portfolio of camp work packages successfully undertaken by SIMPEC, specifically the camp works completed at Iluka Resources’ Cataby iron sands project, 150 km north of Perth, Western Australia.

SIMPEC Managing Director Mark Dimasi said: “This is a tribute to our team resulting from our efforts at the Cataby project. What a commendable achievement to secure a project with ATCO Structures and Logistics for the Rio Tinto West Angelas mine site, further enhancing our exposure to camp construction works.”

The investment at West Angelas’ C and D deposits is part of a $1.55 billion plan to sustain production capacity at part of the Robe River joint venture (owned 53% by Rio, 33% by Mitsui and 14% by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp).

The joint venture partners will invest $579 million in developing deposits C and D, with first ore expected in 2021.

SIMPEC books business at Iluka’s Cataby mineral sands project in Western Australia

SIMPEC is continuing to win business in the Western Australia mining sector, this time being awarded a contract to install a flocculant treatment plant for Iluka Resources’ new mineral sands project in Cataby.

The A$1.7 million ($1.2 million) contract award will see SIMPEC, a subsidiary of WestStar Industrial, start work on the plant immediately. It is the company’s second award at Cataby, having successfully completed a key mechanical, electrical and communications contract in the construction of two separate accommodation facilities for use by Iluka and Tronox, respectively.

The plant package is a fabrication and construction project consisting of four tanks including structural, mechanical and piping works. The project will be delivered over a three-month period and forms part of a “complex mineral and chemical processing facility”, according to SIMPEC.

At Cataby, the heavy mineral concentrate produced at the site will be processed into final products at Iluka’s Narngulu mineral separation plant.

The A$250-275 million Cataby project was approved in December 2017 with first production expected in the June quarter of 2019. It is expected to produce an average of 200,000 t/y of synthetic rutile, 50,000 t/y of zircon and 30,000 t/y of rutile over an 8.5-year mine life.

SIMPEC said the Cataby award builds on its portfolio of tank work packages carried out at the Talison lithium mine in Greenbushes, Western Australia.

With this award, SIMPEC has built an order book of A$9.5 million, with more than A$150 million of work tendered over the past year, it said.

Iluka Resources bolts on second SciDev OptiFlox trial in Australia

ASX-listed SciDev Ltd is to add a chemical products trial to the commercial OptiFlox® System test it is due to carry out in the December quarter at one of Iluka Resources’ Australia mineral sands operations.

The two-week trial of the chemical products will run concurrently with the OptiFlox System testing, the latter of which was announced earlier this month and aims to optimise water recovery, consumable usage and improve tailings deposition in the tailings thickener section of the operation over a matter of months.

“Pending success of both the chemical trial and the associated OptiFlox system trial, SciDev will seek to progress discussions with Iluka in respect of an ongoing chemical sales contract,” the company said.

OptiFlox comprises an extensive range of chemicals and the company’s patent-pending technology. Its range of polymers is specifically tailored for the treatment of process water and wastewater in mining and minerals, “recovering valuable mineral resources more efficiently, while minimising losses in productivity and revenue caused by inadequate wastewater clarification in tailings thickeners”, SciDev says.

In addition to this mineral sands trial win, SciDev has been given six months to trial its technology at Peabody Energy’s North Goonyella coking coal mine in Queensland, Australia, and the company was recently contracted by the coal miner to supply its coagulant product to one of its US operations.

Grounded Construction ahead of schedule at Iluka’s Cataby mineral sands project

Grounded Construction Group has made a fast start on its contract for installing two mining villages and a mine infrastructure administration and maintenance facility for Iluka Resources’ Cataby mineral sands project in the Perth Basin of Western Australia.

The company recently handed over the keys to Iluka, ahead of schedule, after the completion of two stages of its work on the A$275 million ($201 million) project.

The recent completion of stage one and two took place over six months for Tronox Ltd in Cataby and Iluka Resources in Dandgaragan. Stage one included a 260-person mining village, with the greenfield site requiring bulk earthworks, concreting, sealed roads and the transport of buildings.

“As with all Grounded Construction Group projects, best practice methods were used to install accommodation facilities,” the company said. The entire project included the installation of all waste and water treatment plants, electrical, plumbing, communications, bitumen roads, line-marking and car parks.

Stage two in Dandgaragan included the building of a 180-person elevated campsite. Similar to stage one, the project included bulk earthworks, concreting, construction of sealed roads, transportation of buildings and cranage. It also involved waste and water treatment plants, electrical, plumbing, communications, bitumen roads, line-marking, car parks and the installation of a maintenance shed.

Paul Natoli, Grounded’s Managing Director, said: “Our team of project managers and contractors have all worked cohesively and cooperatively to complete these two major stages ahead of schedule and on budget.”

Grounded is currently working on the beginning stages of stage three.

The Cataby mineral sands deposit is a chloride ilmenite deposit with associated zircon and rutile production. It is expected to have an economic life of around eight-and-a-half years.

Heavy mineral concentrate produced at the site will be processed into final products at Iluka’s Narngulu mineral separation plant. The chloride ilmenite product will be suitable for both sale or as a feed source for the production of synthetic rutile.

The project was approved in December 2017 with first production expected in the June quarter of 2019.

Cater Care expands Iluka partnership to Western Australia

Australia-based Cater Care has been awarded the national catering and facility management services contract for mineral sands miner Iluka Resources.

The contract includes the catering, accommodation and facility management services at four of Iluka’s Australia sites.

Cater Care’s remote division has already worked at Iluka’s Jacinth-Ambrosia (South Australia, pictured) and Ouyen (Victoria) mines and, with this contract, will add Cataby and Eneabba to its Western Australia contract portfolio.

Chief Operating Officer of Cater Care’s remote division, Denis Andre, said: “Our integrated approach to service delivery means we focus on all aspects of remote life, which we know has its own unique set of requirements. It’s also why we believe we’ll add real value to their two new sites.”

Iluka Head of Business Development Julian Andrews said Cater Care’s submission showed a good understanding of the market and presented a solution that met Iluka’s business requirements.

“Cater Care’s submission to bring all of our remote site catering, accommodation and facility management services under one contract was the best we received. Cater Care have shown a commitment to delivering high quality food and services at Jacinth-Ambrosia and Ouyen for the last 10 years and we look forward to that continuing at Cataby and Eneabba,” he said.