Arafura Resources Limited (ASX:ARU) has passed another milestone in development of the Nolans NdPr Project in the Northern Territory by awarding the integrated project management team (IPMT) contract to KBR.
The scope of work for the IPMT encompasses management of all aspects of the neodymium-praseodymium project and includes engineering design services for project non-process infrastructure.
KBR will be assisted by Wave International Pty Ltd as a sub-contractor and the KBR team will be integrated with Arafura project personnel.
This will enable the IPTM team to build on the existing project knowledge and supplement it with proven project delivery solutions and systems.
“Proven track record”
Arafura managing director Gavin Lockyer said the appointment of KBR to the integrated project team for the delivery of Nolans was a major milestone for the company.
He said: “KBR brings a proven track record, systems and global experience to the project which will enhance our existing capabilities.
“Through their partnership with Wave, which has assisted the Arafura team with the definitive feasibility study and execution readiness activities to date, there will be a continuity of knowledge and momentum, moving into the project delivery activities.”
The KBR project team is expected to mobilise over the coming months into a dedicated project office in-line with the requirements to support the progress of the project development activities.
KBR is a globally recognised tier-one project management consultancy that has a wealth of knowledge and delivery experience across many complex projects in mineral processing, hydrometallurgy and oil and gas.
Wave has significant minerals processing experience including in rare earths and will provide additional engineering depth to the project as well as undertaking the engineering design of selected non-process infrastructure.
“Excited” to be involved
KBR’s vice-president of Infrastructure Services Australia Wayne Nolan said: “KBR is excited for the opportunity to be involved in the Nolans Project and looks forward to bringing the project successfully through construction and production.
“We will bring together our local expertise in the resources sector, and best practice experience from similar programs of works elsewhere in the world to deliver these services.”
KBR employs around 38,000 people worldwide, including joint ventures, with customers in more than 80 countries and operations in 40 countries.
It operates across three global businesses – government solutions, technology solutions and energy solutions.