The project scope was initially to refurbish and recommission the original in-situ leach equipment and downstream processing facility at the Honeymoon site. The original facility was constructed in 1982 but never put into operation. Southern Cross Resources acquired the project in 1997 and recommissioned the facility in 1998 to operate as a trial facility.
Following the successful recommissioning of the facility (including the in-situ leaching operation), Southern Cross commissioned a number of studies aimed at determining the scope and costs of a new plant at the site (and associated infrastructure and in-situ operations).
The original plant has a capacity to produce 100 t/y U3O8 equivalent; the studies considered production cases of up to 1 000 t/y U3O8 equivalent.
Ausenco’s scope included the EPCM services for the refurbishment and recommissioning of the original Honeymoon Facility; support services for the trial facility operations as required; and study services for the new plant studies.