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Adaman’s Kirklalocka gold project to be powered by LNG

Adaman Resources’ owned Kirkalocka gold project, in Western Australia, is set to be powered by LNG after the asset owner and EVOL LNG signed a agreement.

The long-term arrangement, between EVOL and Adaman Resources’ wholly-owned subsidiary Kirkalocka Gold SPV Pty Ltd, will see EVOL LNG fuel Zenith Energy’s 14.5 MW power station, with supply planned to commence from September 2019.

The gold mine, around 70 km south of Mt Magnet in the mid-west region of Western Australia, is set to restart operation after more than a decade, with the mine’s new owners refurbishing the processing plant and increasing its capacity to over 2.2 Mt/y.

EVOL LNG and Wholesale Manager, Nick Rea, said the use of LNG as an alternative to diesel will help minimise the mine’s carbon emissions.

“LNG produces 25% less CO2 emissions than diesel, and during the initial six years of operation, the mine will avoid 50,000 t of greenhouse gas emissions by fuelling its power station with LNG instead of diesel. This is the equivalent of keeping around 3,000 cars off the road,” Rea said.

EVOL, part of Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers, will build, own, operate and maintain the on-site LNG storage and vaporisation facility at the mine, it said. “The facility will use EVOL LNG’s modular design which allows for fast installation and expandability to suit the mine’s growing energy requirements,” the company added.

Adaman Resources’ Chief Executive Officer, Craig Bradshaw, said EVOL LNG will provide environmental, financial and economic benefits for the company.

“Utilising LNG as an alternative to diesel-fired generation will significantly reduce our energy costs and exposure to volatile diesel prices. Based on the current diesel price, we estimate our energy costs to be reduced by more than A$13 million ($9 million) during the first six years of operation,” he said.

EVOL’s Rea said Kirkalocka was the company’s third major contract in the mid-west in recent years; he sees huge potential for growth in this region.

“The scarcity of gas pipelines and absence of grid power would otherwise force off-grid mines to use diesel for power generation, but we are able to provide a much better solution with LNG. It’s clean, safe, reliable and lower cost than diesel.

“We have proven ourselves to the mining industry over the last decade, with seven mine sites now powered by EVOL LNG,” he said.

SMS Mining Services receives A$640 million of new gold project contracts

Western Australia-based contractor SMS Mining Services has been named as the preferred mining contractor for both Capricorn Metals’ Karlawinda gold project near Newman and Adaman Resources’ Kirkalocka gold project near Mt Magnet.

The two contracts are worth A$640 million combined – A$420 million ($301 million) for Karlawinda and A$220 million for Kirkalocka – and push SMS’ contract book past the A$1 billion mark, according to SMS Managing Director Danny Sweeney.

Sweeney added that the company also has contracts in the pipeline extending out to 2027, and a remaining tender pipeline of over A$1.2 billion.

The Karlawinda gold contract is for a duration of eight years and 10 months, representing the entire life of mine. It will consist of open-pit mining services including load and haul, drill and blast, and mine development.

SMS will mobilise new and existing equipment, and deploy significant technology and operational initiatives, the company said.

“We are excited to be part of Capricorn Metals story. We look forward to forging a successful long-term partnership and supporting the company in bringing the Karlawinda gold project into production in 2019,” Sweeney said.

Formal contract award is subject to final contract negotiations which SMS expects to finalise in the coming months. Contract works are due to start in the June quarter of 2019.

A feasibility study on development of the Bibra deposit at Karlawinda was completed in October 2017. This envisaged a a single large open-pit deposit feeding a 3 Mt/y CIL processing plant, producing approximately 100,000 oz/y of gold at an average all-in sustaining cost of A$1,025/oz over the initial mine life.

Meanwhile, the company has also secured preferred contractor status for Adaman’s Kirkalocka project, 70 km south of Mount Magnet. SMS owns a 33% stake in privately-owned Adaman Resources as part of its equity strategy of supporting small and mid-tier miners to enter production.

The four-year contract with an option to extend will consist of open-pit mining services including load and haul, drill and blast, and mine development. Drilling is currently is underway to extend the mine life beyond the current six years.

Again, formal contract award is subject to final contract negotiations which SMS expects to finalise in the coming weeks. Contract works are due to start in late 2018.