Construction to start at Dargues gold project

Diversified Minerals has awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Dargues gold project in New South Wales to DRA Global.

DRA’s contract scope includes the EPC of a 355,000 tonne per annum capacity gold processing facility and mine backfill plant at the Dargues gold mine.

The processing plant will comprise crushing, milling, flotation and filtration circuits, and produce a sulphide concentrate for export.

DRA will commence site work next month, with first ore expected to be processed in early 2020.

Dargues is designed to produce an average of 50,000 ounces of gold a year in the first six years of production.

“This EPC contract further enhances DRA’s global position as the partner of choice for the delivery of projects to clients in the gold industry,” DRA Asia Pacific executive vice president Greg McRostie said.

“Over the past five years DRA has successfully delivered 10 projects and completed in excess of 35 studies for our client’s gold projects across the globe.”

DRA has been involved at Dargues since 2011, supporting Diversified through various studies and optimisations, culminating in the final project execution phase that is about to start.

“This relatively long partnership and strong relationship developed over the project definition phase is a true reflection of the client focused approach of DRA,” McRostie added.

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