Process Plants
Copper & Mineral Processing Plants

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A recognised leader in copper processing and concentrating, our exceptional expertise and technically advanced methods of delivering copper concentrators and processing plants has resulted in cost effective projects being successfully completed on time and on budget, with excellent safety performance. 

We overcome extreme temperatures, remote locations, challenging terrain and harsh climates, whilst maintaining our dedication to safely delivering projects on time and on budget. Our end-to-end solutions are proven to lower capital and operating costs, reduce construction time and improve plant efficiencies.

We have successfully delivered copper concentrators, copper leaching and copper solvent extraction-electrowinning projects and studies. This includes the construction of very large scale processing facilities such as the Lumwana Project in Zambia, Phu Kham Project in Laos and the Constancia Project located in the Andes in south-eastern Peru.
More examples of our world-leading copper expertise include:

  • Phu Kham Project (Pan Australian Resources Limited) in Laos - Includes a 35.000 t/d copper-gold concentrator and associated infrastructure. The project was delivered on budget, with over 3 million manhours LTI free, and has set a world benchmark as the lowest cost per tonne concentrator.  
  • Constancia Copper Molybdenum Project (Hudbay Peru SAC) – Ausenco provided Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management services to design, construct, and commission a 25 Mt/y concentrator and associated infrastructure for this high-altitude project.
  • Gibraltar Development Plan 3 (Gibraltar Mines Ltd) in Canada – Ausenco provided EPCM services for the third phase of the development of the Gibraltar copper-molybdenum mine. The project increased the overall processing capacity to 85,000 t/d (an increase of over 30,000 t/d) with annual copper production averaging 165 million pounds. 
  • Achieved over 1 million manhours without a lost-time incident.
  • Minimal interruption to existing production during plant shutdown. 
  • Optimised existing site facilities & systems to provide cost-effective solutions.
  • Completed on time and on budget.

To find out more about our capabilities in copper, please click on the related featured projects or contact one of our Experts.