DRA Global has won a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract at Hastings Technology Metals’ Yangibana rare earths project in Western Australia.
Hastings, which delivered a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for Yangibana in 2017, has turned its attention to further development of the project, specifically the first phase of the processing plant.
It has secured approval of the site plot plan and is ready to proceed with engineering and execution.
The initial project will comprise two key elements: beneficiation and hydrometallurgy. According to DRA, the FEED scope of work will progress the process plant design and place long lead equipment orders to obtain vendor data to progress engineering in critical areas.
This scope of work will also aim to define the requirements for detailed design, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCM) of the processing facility.
The processing plant has been fast tracked by Hastings, with the first phase expected to be complete by the end of the December.
DRA Asia-Pacific executive vice president, Greg McRostie, commented, “Following the completion of a successful DFS, the FEED phase will now allow Hastings and its stakeholders to advance to a much higher level of definition for the processing facilities associated with the Yangibana project.”
Hastings plans to develop the 650-square-kilometre project to supply growing demand for the technology metals sector.
Hannes Zandberg, Hastings project director, said some tight deadlines had been set on the next phase of the project.
“Although it is a challenge, our close working partnership with DRA inspires confidence. We are certain that this FEED phase will have a successful outcome and will lead to future collaboration on the Yangibana project,” Zandberg said.
Yangibana, which contains substantial neodymium and praseodymium resources, is Hastings’ first rare earths project in Australia.