Project delivered in demanding terrain

Project
Phu Kham Copper-Gold Project
Location
Laos
Timeframe
2008
Client
Pan Australian Resources Limited
Industry Sector
Minerals & Metals
Commodity
Copper; Gold; Precious Metals
Service Area
Process Plants; Project Delivery
Solutions
Copper & Mineral Processing Plants; Gold Processing Plants; Materials Handling; Commissioning; EPC/EPCM Contracting; Construction Management

The 12 Mt/y 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.

Ausenco was commissioned to be the EPCM consultants 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.

Achievements

  • 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

 

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