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Metso Outotec set for SAG mill Premier at Northern Star’s Thunderbox

Metso Outotec says it will deliver a high-capacity, high-powered Premier™ SAG mill to Northern Star Resources Limited’s Thunderbox gold mine expansion project in Western Australia.

The typical value of such a delivery is approximately €15 million ($17.7 million) depending on the final scope, according to the OEM. The order has been booked in the company’s Minerals’ first half of 2021 orders received.

On award of Northern Star Resources’ largest mill to date, Northern Star’s General Manager Processing, Simon Tyrrell, said: “The Thunderbox expansion increases the operation’s hard-rock processing capacity to 6 Mt per annum from the current 3 Mt/a, and decreases processing costs as outlined in our 2021 Investor Day Presentation.

“Northern Star’s selection of Metso Outotec for the mill supply is supported by their locally-based expertise, large mill supply history and ongoing collaboration with Northern Star.”

Earlier this month, GR Engineering Services executed an engineering, procurement and construction contract with Northern Star Resources in relation to the expansion project.

Christoph Hoetzel, Head of Grinding Business Line at Metso Outotec, said: “We are pleased to be chosen as a supplier for the Thunderbox expansion. The gear-driven Premier SAG mill to be delivered will feature 18 MW of motor power.

“With the Premier mill range, we advance our unrivaled innovation legacy providing our customers with most reliable technology, engineered to exceed their specific requirements. We are looking forward to continue the collaboration with Northern Star Resources and to be part of their success story.”

The Premier horizontal grinding mills are customisable solutions built on state-of-the-art grinding mill technology, process expertise and design capability, the company says. The Premier horizontal grinding mills are engineered to “excel and create vast possibilities” for customers and applications.

These mills can be integrated with Metso Outotec mill reline equipment and are supported by the company’s extensive services network to ensure optimisation during the mills’ lifetime, the company says.

GR Engineering to help double processing capacity at NSR’s Thunderbox

GR Engineering Services says it has executed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Northern Star Resources in relation to the Thunderbox 6 Mt/y expansion project in Western Australia.

Located 45 km south of Leinster, the Thunderbox operations currently have a 3 Mt/y processing capacity. The asset was owned by Saracen Mineral Holdings prior to a merger with Northern Star.

The works will involve the design, engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the project, with the contract sum amounting to A$101 million ($74.3 million) and work is expected to start immediately.

GR Engineering has carried out several projects on the Thunderbox operations, including EPC work on the Thunderbox paste plant work, which has seen a new 150 cu.m paste backfill plant built.

Commenting on the recent award, Geoff Jones, GR Engineering Managing Director, said: “GR Engineering is excited to continue working with Northern Star, one of the world’s leading gold producers, to safely deliver the Thunderbox Expansion project. We have worked with the Northern Star team over many years and see this award as a strong endorsement of our proven EPC delivery capability.”

On award of Northern Star’s largest infrastructure project to date, Northern Star’s General Manager Processing, Simon Tyrrell, said: “The Thunderbox expansion increases the operation’s hard-rock processing capacity to 6 Mt/y from the current 3 Mt/y, and decreases processing costs as outlined in the 2021 Investor Day Presentation. Northern Star is pleased to be working with GR Engineering again, a local company with vast project delivery experience in the Australian mining industry.”

In this same presentation, the company said the processing capacity boost would involve the addition of a new 18 MW mill and classification circuit; new leach tanks, elution and gold room upgrades; and new tailing thickener and tailings pumping. The plant would be designed for 100% fresh ore, NSR said.

GR Engineering to build paste plant at Saracen’s Thunderbox operation

GR Engineering Services has been awarded additional work by Saracen Mineral Holdings at the Thunderbox and Carosue Dam gold operations in Western Australia.

The contract additions, which have a combined value of A$29 million ($19.9 million), include an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the Thunderbox Paste Plant project and an approved variation of the Carosue Dam Operations Plant Expansion project.

The Thunderbox paste plant work will involve the design, supply installation and commissioning of a new 150 m3/h paste backfill plant at Thunderbox. The project includes work at the existing Thunderbox operations’ (pictured) processing facility along with works at a new remote paste plant location. The contract price is A$22 million. GR Engineering says work will start immediately and is expected to complete in the first half of 2021.

At Carosue Dam, meanwhile, GR Engineering has been awarded a variation under the existing contract to install a paste pump at the Karari Paste Plant to distribute paste to the Whirling Dervish underground mine. The value of the variation is A$7 million.

These additions come on the back of being awarded a contract to carry out the engineering design, procurement and construction of expansion works on Saracen’s mineral processing plant at Carosue Dam, in November.

GR Engineering’s Managing Director, Geoff Jones, said: “GR Engineering has now worked with Saracen on three key projects in the last two years and we look forward to continuing our strong working relationship with one of Australia’s leading gold producers.”

Pacific Energy to expand Saracen’s Carosue Dam dual-fuelled power station

Pacific Energy’s KPS subsidiary has signed contract variations for two power generation agreements with Saracen Mineral Holdings that will see the dual-fuelled power station at the Carosue Dam operation, in Western Australia, expanded at the same time as work is extended at the gold miner’s gas-fired power facility at the Thunderbox operation.

The Carosue Dam expansion will occur in two stages over the next 12 months, initially by 2 MW and subsequently by another 6 MW, to a total of 26 MW. The contract term will also be extended from January 2023 to August 2024, Pacific Energy said.

Carosue Dam will soon undergo a mill expansion from 2.4 Mt/y to 3.2 Mt/y with feed coming from both underground and open-pit mines.

The contract for the 17 MW gas fired power station at the Thunderbox site will be extended from November 2020 to August 2024, meanwhile.

Pacific Energy’s total contracted capacity now stands at 381 MW and the weighted average remaining contract duration is approximately four years, the company noted.

Pacific Energy’s Managing Director, James Cullen, said: “Saracen is a key and substantial customer for us, representing around 12% of build-own-operate revenues, so these awards are very material and important to us. We look forward to continuing the sound relationship that has been built over the years and completing the installations of additional capacity at Carosue Dam.”