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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Australasia: May 15, 2009


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:: FEED package for Karara Iron Ore

An AUD12 million contract has been awarded by Karara Mining Ltd to Bateman Engineering to carry out the front end engineering design (FEED) for the Karara iron-ore project in Western Australia. The project, awarded in September 2008, runs through to April 2009 with an additional arrangement for technical support to be provided through to November 2010.

The FEED package concerns the provision of an iron ore magnetite process plant, designed with a modular construction. The process plant will have a capacity of 20 million t/yr, with in-built capability to be expanded to 40 million t/yr.

Karara Mining Ltd is a joint venture established between the Western Australian-based iron ore producer, Gindalbie Metals Ltd, and Ansteel, the second largest steel maker in mainland China, for the development and operation of the Karara Iron Ore Project. The Karara project is a substantial integrated iron ore project, which will produce some 11 million t/yr of magnetite concentrate from 2010. The award of this contract is in part due to Bateman Engineering’s (via its subsidiary Metplant Engineering Services Pty Ltd) demonstrated experience in this field in upgrading a crushing plant for OneSteel Manufacturing in Whyalla, South Australia.

Bateman Engineering was awarded the contract to carry out the design, procurement, construction, commissioning and management of the project. Completed in 2007, the project covered new primary, secondary and tertiary crushers, ore conveying, storage and stacking, sampling systems, process control design, electrical design and infrastructure to produce 9.6 million t/yr of iron ore product in two forms. The first was direct shipment haematite lump and the second was magnetite feed to the downstream concentrator.




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