Andrew Francis, who previously oversaw the pre-feasibility study (PFS) on the Bardoc Project, has been appointed to the expanded role of chief operating officer (COO).
Mark Roberts, who was a senior process engineer with GR Engineering Services, has been appointed project manager.
In this role, he will have responsibility for managing the definitive feasibility study (DFS) and establishing the processing facility and associated surface infrastructure at the project.
Paving way for Final Investment Decision
Appointment of the project and operations executives, both of whom have vast experience in the gold industry in the Kalgoorlie region, comes as the DFS on the Bardoc project enters its final few months.
The DFS is on track for delivery next quarter, paving the way for a Final Investment Decision (FID) on a new long-term gold mining and processing operation at the project.
Important step in transition
Bardoc chief executive officer Robert Ryan said the new appointments marked an important step in the company’s imminent transition to gold producer.
He said: “We are delighted to announce these senior appointments, further strengthening our senior leadership team and ensuring we have the right people in place to drive us towards production.”
Ryan said: “Andrew’s expanded role as COO comes as we expand the management team with the right skillsets to oversee the development, construction and successful operation of the Bardoc Gold Project.
“Andrew has been an integral part of the study phase and will ensure the successful development and future operation of the project.
“Mark brings considerable project development and processing design experience to the team.
“As we progress into the design stages of the DFS, Mark will provide invaluable input at an early stage, which will allow for a smooth transition into construction and production.”
Francis, a mining engineer with more than 15 years of technical, operational and management experience, has been involved in several underground, open pit and shaft-sinking project studies.
These include the Rubicon-Hornet-Pegasus and Millennium underground mines, Janet Ivy, Matts Dam and Mt Jewell open pit mines and the K2 Shaft at the Gosowong mine in Indonesia.
He has previously worked in technical and management roles within Northern Star Resources and has held senior and management roles with companies such as Barrick, Byrnecut, Entech, MMG and Gold Fields.
In his previous role at GR Engineering, Roberts was responsible for feasibility studies, process design and commissioning of new and upgrades for mineral processing plants.
He has significant experience in the optimisation of comminution, flotation, CIL and elution areas of processing plants across multiple sites, including Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM), Kanowna Belle and Boddington Gold Mine.
Ryan added: “Over the past 12 months, we have focused on building a strong, experienced team with operating, technical and project development experience within the Kalgoorlie district.
“These appointments ensure we have the key ingredients for the successful development of the Bardoc Gold Project.”