EPCM delivery of Sabodala 2 Mt/y gold mine

Project
Sabodala Gold Project
Timeframe
2007 - 2009
Industry Sector
Minerals & Metals
Location
Sabodala, Senegal
Client
Sabodala Mining Company SARL
Commodity
Gold; Precious Metals
Service Area
Process Plants; Project Delivery
Solutions
Conceptual & Feasibility Studies; Gold Processing Plants; Commissioning; Contract Operations; EPC/EPCM Contracting; Construction Management

The Sabodala Gold Project, located in Sabodala in south-east Senegal, approximately 600 air/km from Dakar, encompasses the design and construction of a fully functional gold processing plant and associated infrastructure works.

The operation consists of an open-cut mine and associated CIL Process Facility comprising crushing, grinding, leaching and desorption circuits designed to treat 2 Mt/y of gold bearing ore.

Ausenco was engaged to provide the Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management, Commissioning and Performance Testing services for the delivery of the 2 Mt/y gold mine processing plant and associated infrastructure, including a 650 man accommodation facility, mine vehicle workshops and light industrial areas.

Achievements

  • First Senegalese commercial gold operation
  • Safety record of over 2 million man-hours managed with 1 off LTI with predominantly Senegalese labour and minimal safety awareness
  • Peak project manning on site of 1 200 personnel with 80% Senegalese semi-skilled and unskilled labour use
  • Overcame significant shipping and land transport logistics issues
  • Practical Completion on 4th March 2009, 1st Gold poured 15th March 2009
  • Exceeded the nameplate performance of the plant within the commissioning period
  • Completion of the Performance Trials and client final handover on the 10th of April 2009