Boss Resources has contracted GR Engineering Services as the lead study consultant for the definitive feasibility study (DFS) at the Honeymoon uranium project in South Australia.
The contract continues a relationship established between the companies in 2016 when GR Engineering also acted as lead consultant on Honeymoon’s pre-feasibility study (PFS).
GR Engineering is expected to ramp up work programs on the DFS quickly since Boss has already completed a “significant package of advanced technical work” since it took over the project from Uranium One in December 2015.
The news follows Boss’s announcement yesterday that it had reached phase two of a planned three-phase restart at the mine, which was placed on care and maintenance in 2013 by previous owner Uranium One.
Boss’s second phase is primarily focused on the delivery of a DFS for the project based on results in phase one, including data from a 2016 scoping study, 2017 PFS and field leach trial demonstrating Boss’s proposed ion exchange (IX) process.
In addition, Boss has carried out preliminary assessments of required works for existing plant and infrastructure to meet the requirements of stage one production, currently set at 880,000 pounds a year.
The company has plans for expansion to two million pounds a year in stage two and 3.2 million pounds a year in stage three.
By completing the DFS, Boss will be able to report on the design of leach patterns for its wellfields, schedule production and summarise test work carried out to date, and also deliver a class three cost estimate and updated mineral resources.
“We are delighted to work again with GR Engineering Services and its professional engineers,” said Boss managing director Duncan Craib.
“(GR Engineering) is a leading engineering and consultancy firm that has delivered multiple mining projects of significant size and scale, both domestically and overseas.”