Newmont Goldcorp edges closer to Tanami expansion with Valmec

Tanami mine. Image: Newmont Mining

Newmont Goldcorp has awarded a $6 million construction contract to Valmec for the second expansion project it has proposed at the Tanami gold mine in the Northern Territory.

The contract is the second Newmont has presented for the next Tanami expansion this year, following an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract award to WorleyParsons in February.

Valmec expects to start work on the contract immediately, with the majority of the infrastructure to be developed by November this year.

Newmont was reported to have advanced its studies for Tanami’s second expansion at the beginning of the year. It launched production following the completion of the first site expansion in 2017.

The world’s largest gold company is anticipated to reach its full funding decision on Tanami’s second expansion in the second half of this year.

“We are pleased to be able to announce our latest awarded contract with Newmont Goldcorp’s Australian operations and look forward to supporting them on their proposed Tanami expansion two project,” Valmec managing director Steve Dropulich said.

“Having recently completed gas construction and pipeline testing works on behalf of AGIG on Newmont Goldcorp’s Tanami power project, Valmec looks forward to continuing its relationship with Newmont and its Tanami operations.”

This latest contract is the first step in Valmec’s strategy for future growth in gas and infrastructure sectors within the Northern Territory region, according to the contractor.

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