Brisbane-based Lycopodium Minerals has signed an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract with EMC Metals Australia to build the Nyngan scandium project in New South Wales.
Lycopodium has been awarded the majority of the services, including project management, engineering design and management, procurement services, contracting services, construction management and commissioning.
“This contract allows technical and management continuity from the Project Feasibility Study through the engineering and construction phase, and into commissioning and ramp up,” said George Putnam, CEO of Scandium International Mining Corp, EMC Metal’s parent company.
“We know this engineering team, we work well with them, and they know our project. This represents a major de-risking of the project through construction and into operation.”
The project is the world’s first scandium-only mine development, covering 2,925 ha, roughly 500 km north-west of Sydney.
Rod Leonard, managing director of Lycopodium Minerals, said he is looking forward to the project.
Knight Piesold Consulting, based in Brisbane, will also perform water, earthworks, and tailings systems engineering and design.