AVZ Minerals has appointed GR Engineering Services (GRES) as its definitive feasibility study (DFS) engineer at the Manono lithium and tin project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Managing director Nigel Ferguson said the contract marked a “significant milestone for the Manono project.”
“GRES has completed a large number of bankable feasibility studies and has an exceptional track record in executing project design and construction developments on time and within budget,” he said.
The contractor has previously operated in Africa, including in the DRC, where it recently provided operational support and optimisation studies at Tiger Resources’ Kipoi copper project.
Perth-based GRES also has significant experience in design and construction of resource projects in Western Australia and globally for engineering, procurement and construction management.
AVZ is continuing other DFS work streams on schedule, including metallurgical test work.
A one-tonne sub-sample of the bulk sample has been sent to ALS Minerals in Perth for comminution testwork.
AVZ also announced that the dewatering program for the Roche Dure pit at Manono has commenced.
The approval to dewater the Roche Dure and M’Pete open pits was given to AVZ’s Congolese management company, Dathcom Mining SAS, by the Mines Environmental Protection, a section of the Department of Mines, in mid May.