Phu Kham Copper-Gold Project

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  • OfferingConcentrators
  • CommoditiesCopper, Gold, Precious metals
  • LocationLaos
  • ClientPan Australian Resources Limited
  • Timeframe2008
  • Solution phaseCreate (EPCM)
  • Project valueA$232m
  • ServicesEngineering, Global procurement, Construction management, EPC/EPCM, Studies and technical solutions

Project delivered in demanding terrain and monsoonal weather

The Phu Kham Copper-Gold deposit is located in a remote, mountainous site approximately 100 km north east of the Laos capital Vientiane and contains a mineral resource of 1.2 million tonnes of copper and 1.5 million ounces of gold. The Phu Kham Copper-Gold Project was the second phase of development of the Phu Kham deposit.

Ausenco was engaged as the EPCM contractor for the design, construction and commissioning of the 12 Mt/y copper concentrator. Ausenco undertook the engineering, procurement and construction management utilising the Ausenco Manila office for the detailed engineering phase. Ausenco also developed the process facilities for the project while the client was responsible for the general infrastructure and bulk earthworks.

  • Excellent safety record with over 3 million man hours worked without a single LTI
  • Project completed on schedule and on budget
  • The quality of the documentation provided by Ausenco at project hand over was comprehensive and detailed including client support with the production of “live engineering documentation”
  • Logistics and freight tasks were successfully executed throughout the monsoonal wet season
  • Peak construction workforce of 3400 personnel with 90% local Thai and Lao labour employed during construction period.

More recently, Ausenco was engaged by Pan Aust to support the Phu Kham team to optimise and increase the productivity of the Phu Kham operation. You can read more about how we partnered with the Phu Kham team to implement comminution optimisation strategies to achieve productivity above the original design name-plate capacity here.