The company has started this work program prior to finalisation of key engineering procurement and construction (EPC) and mining services contracts for the construction of the plant and development of the boxcut/underground mine.
Loader working on clearing at permanent camp site
Galena managing director Alex Molyneux said: “The construction works now commenced at Abra are significant and most of them form part of what might go into a final EPC package so we’re genuinely getting a ‘jump’ on things to fast-track the overall timetable to production.”
Infrastructure works that have already commenced include the following:
- Site clearing and roadworks – Initial works have focused on topsoil clearing and storage, ground preparation at the permanent camp site and various site and access roadworks.
- Water supply and waste water treatment facility – Equipping the previously drilled and prepared water production bores with pumps and constructing pipelines, together with construction and connection of waste water treatment facilities.
- Permanent camp construction – Deployment to Abra and on-site assembly of the initial 80-person accommodation units of the permanent camp along with the final camp sized kitchen and messing facilities, together with on-site civil works and connection to services.
The above works have been facilitated by the establishment of a 24-person accommodation unit temporary construction camp at the project that will be used to house workers until the permanent camp is ready for habitation by the end of the year.
Temporary construction camp
The commenced surface infrastructure development activities are part of a $15 million development works program.
The work program is being conducted to the scope of the previously announced Abra bankable / definitive feasibility study and they’re significant in that they represent about 9% of the total project pre-development capital expenditure.
Water tank connected to production water bore-1 for temporary use in advance of completion of pipelines
Moving forward with such a major infrastructure development program at this time has been made possible by a combination of Galena’s strong availability of equity funds and good progress being made with respect to the project financing debt process.
Facilities at temporary construction camp