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:: Bateman-Metplant: Increased Opportunities in Australasia

The acquisition of Metplant Engineering Services Pty Ltd (Metplant) has augmented Bateman Engineering’s skills base and client list in Australia and Asia and provides significant new opportunities in these regions. Bateman Engineering’s new subsidiary, based in Western Australia, operates under the Bateman banner as Bateman-Metplant.

Metplant has been associated with the Australian and international mining industry since 1987 and provides mineral processing, materials-handling services and process-control technology to upgrade and optimise process plants and improve plant efficiencies, as well as capabilities for mine design and review.

The services cover the entire spectrum, from feasibility and due-diligence studies, to engineering design and construction, to process resources as diverse as gold, nickel, copper, rare earths and mineral sands.

Besides Australia, Metplant has successfully completed projects internationally in countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Christmas Island, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Tanzania, Mongolia, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan. The track record now includes more than 60 projects up to Aus$50 million in size on engineering procurement and construction management. Clients have included African Gold Resources (the Boroo Gold project in Mongolia), Anaconda Nickel Murrin (Murrin Nickel project in Australia), Ashton Mining (Mount Weld Rare Earths project in Australia), Argyle Diamond Mines in Australia, Great Central Mines (Nimary Gold and Bronzewing projects in Australia), Homestake Mining (Lawlers Gold and Darlot Gold in Australia), Newcrest Mining (Telfer Gold project, Australia), Resolute Resources (Bullabulling Gold Mine and Radio Hill Nickel in Australia and Konongo in Ghana), Western Metals (Cadjebut Nickel, Pillara, Mt Gordon Copper, and Lime Slaking Mt Isa in Australia) and WMC Resources (Leinster Nickel copper sulphate facility, Australia).

It is anticipated that Bateman-Metplant will add significantly to the momentum of the expansion of Bateman Engineering in Australia and Asia and complement the services offered out of its existing Australian offices in Brisbane and Perth. In particular, the acquisition brings with it significant nickel and gold process engineering capability which the Bateman Engineering Group intends to grow globally.

Following the acquisition, the management team has remained in place with David Phipps, the founder of Metplant, as Managing Director. Other members of the technical management team include Marco Battaglia, the Director/Engineering Manager, who is a mechanical engineer and specialist in mineral processing, having undertaken all facets of engineering design from conceptual plant layout to detail design. Frank Penna, the Metallurgy Manager, is a Metallurgist with 15 years experience in the mining industry from a technical and operations perspective




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