Ausenco has signed a contract to manage the expansion of Barrick Gold’s Lumwana copper project.
The contract will see Ausenco manage the $125 million project, which involves expanding the existing ore crushing and processing plant at Lumwana to achieve a plant production rate of 25 million tonnes annually.
Zimi Meka, Ausenco’s CEO, said this builds on the company’s long association with the Lumwana project.
"We have a long established connection with the Lumwana project that stretches back to our work in designing and delivering the existing concentrator in 2008," Meka said.
"We’re pleased to continue working with the Barrick team on the project and look forward to delivering this expansion by the end of June 2012."
Lumwana is located in north western Zambia and has proven and probable reserves of 4.5 billion pounds of copper, as well as another 5.5 billion pounds of inferred copper resources.