Australian project manager Engenium has been awarded a contract to design and procure the first stage of the Amex Mba Delta iron sands project on Fiji’s main island Viti Levu.

The company will carry out the detailed design and specifications for the project’s port washing and storage facility at Lautoka Port. The contract will include drawings, contract documents, tender evaluations and preparing recommendations for award.

Engenium’s general resources manager Glenn Bigland says, “We are delighted to continue this project through to execution. We became involved in the project in October 2011 when we were appointed to work on the bankable feasibility study, which was completed in June this year. We were pretty confident the project was in a good position to continue on to the next stage. We hope to continue our relationship with Amex and participate in the construction management phase.”

Amex is reviewing the second stage of the project which will involve construction management and is scheduled to award the contract for this phase before the end of the year.

The Mba Delta iron sands project covers 132sqkm at the mouth of the Ba River on Viti Levu’s northwest coast. The resource occurs as a simple flat lying blanket of fine to coarse magnetite-bearing sand hosting an indicated resource of 220 million tonnes of magnetite concentrate.

Engenium says the magnetite concentrate will be barged 30km along the Ba Roads shipping lane to Amex’s port facility at Lautoka, where it will be unloaded, washed and then stockpiled in an enclosed storage shed. The stockpiles will then be shipped to Asia every three weeks.

The company says its understanding of mine to port operations and cost structures allows it to deliver solutions that reduce both capital and ongoing and maintenance costs.

Established in 2003, Engenium is a leading project delivery company providing project management, engineering, procurement and construction management services to the resources, rail and infrastructure sectors. It has a strong reputation in mining, with current clients including Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, FMG and Atlas Iron.

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