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Monadelphous boosts fabrication design, supply options in Western Australia

Engineering firm Monadelphous is further integrating its supply chain in the south-west region of Western Australia with the acquisition of RTW Steel Fabrication and Construction.

Located in Capel, Western Australia, RTW offers industry-leading steel fabrication, processing and construction services for mining, industrial and commercial projects throughout Western Australia, Monadelphous said. It has been a long-term supplier of these services to Monadelphous and many other leading businesses, it added.

Monadelphous’ South-West Area Manager, Mark Holdman, said the acquisition of a local steel fabrication business in the region contributes to Monadelphous’ further growth in the region.

“RTW, as part of the Monadelphous team, complements our existing operations in the south-west and consolidates our presence in the area,” he said. “But, more importantly, it gives us the opportunity to offer additional services to existing customers including design, estimating, supply/fabrication and installation.”

CQMS Razer targets global growth in mining engineering, tech space as it becomes CR

CQMS Razer is looking to grow its mining engineering and technology footprint across the globe with a new name – CR – and direction that, it says, better aligns the company’s growing portfolio with the needs of its customers.

Already recognised across Australia’s mining industry for its surface mining solutions – including dragline products, cast lips and ground engaging tools – the CR brand change “reflects the company’s aspiration of growing its market reach and next-generation mining technology”, the company said.

The move follows several high-profile acquisitions of Seattle-based Thunderbird Mining Systems, a developer of market-leading blasthole drill optimisation technologies that complemented CR’s digital product range and its Titan 3330™ Load Haul Optimization technology, and California-based Berkeley Forge & Tool’s mining products business.

These have added meaningful scale, market connections and, importantly, deep mining knowledge from decades of product development and sales, the company says.

CR CEO, John Barbagallo, said the company’s growing product portfolio and prospective market opportunities meant it was essential to consider its reshaped business direction and how it plans to serve customers in the future.

“Today is an important day for CR as we launch our refined strategic direction and brand, a demonstration of our commitment to mining engineering and technology innovation and our capability to support our customers globally,” he said.

“The move to CR is very much about retaining the proud heritage of CQMS Razer, while providing us with a sharper and more focused brand, allowing us to add complementary businesses and products into the future.

“An important element of introducing the CR brand is to galvanise our brand and image for our employees. Together we are CR is a reflection of our strength and the reputation we have built over the last 40 years delivering reliable, innovative and customer-focused solutions for mining operations across the world.”

CR will include new product divisions that will better align the company’s growing portfolio to the needs of its customers, it said. This will see CR Mining, CR Digital and CR Contracts emerge, all of which are managed at a strategic level under the CR brand.

“Our experience and passion for what we do has seen us develop our business and become to a leader in our field, delivering outstanding results for our customers,” Barbagallo said. “This is a reputation we are keen to foster and build upon with our customers and markets worldwide under the new CR name.”

CQMS Razer bolsters North and South America mining business

CQMS Razer has agreed to acquire California-based Berkeley Forge & Tool’s (BFT) mining products and associated IP, including patents, new product development pipeline, branding, and trademarks.

The Australia and US-headquartered technology and engineering company, owned by American Industrial Partners, said the acquisition was a strategic move to continue expansion of its global market presence. It will also complement its existing mining product range, it said.

CQMS Razer CEO, John Barbagallo, said the combined business would enhance capabilities to effectively supply and support the global mining sector, especially in the North and South American markets where BFT has been providing the industry with products for more than 50 years.

He added: “Together, we will broaden our product offering, increase our technology and solutions footprint, and enhance our supply chain capability.”

Based in Berkeley, BFT has been supplying mining equipment components into North and South America since the 1960s. This includes forged ground engaging tools.

GR Engineering gets the Abra lead-silver DFS gig

Galena Mining has retained Australia-based GR Engineering Services to carry out the bulk of the definitive feasibility study (DFS) on its Abra lead-silver project in Western Australia.

The engineering company will undertake key portions of the DFS related to plant design, capital and operating cost estimation, and process and non-process infrastructure evaluation.

The commencement of the study comes following an “excellent” prefeasibility study for Abra, according to Galena. This envisaged a 1.2 Mt/y underground mine and conventional flotation concentrator for the project, producing a high-grade lead-silver concentrate containing some 91,000 t/y of lead and 760,000 oz/y of silver over a 14-year mine life.

GR Engineering Managing Director, Geoff Jones said: “GR Engineering was involved in the Abra PFS and we are pleased to have been engaged to deliver key aspects of the DFS and to assist Galena to realise the significant potential of the Abra base metals project.”

The DFS is targeted for completion in mid-2019. In the meantime, Galena expects to make progress on a number of other milestones including an updated resource, a review of the Abra ore reserve and underground mine design/schedule, permitting, and continuation of discussions related to offtake and project finance.

Galena is targeting commencement of construction at Abra in 2019, followed by initial production in 2021 and the first full year of steady-state commercial output in 2022.

During the past 11 years, GR Engineering has completed more than 40 design and construction projects and over 160 feasibility studies including a number of Australia base metals projects, Galena said.