Strandline Resources is on track to deliver first production from its Coburn mineral sands project in Western Australia by December 2022 after a period of sustained construction.
According to the company’s quarterly activity report, construction on the Coburn project is now 28 percent complete and all major construction contracts awarded represent 93 percent of the project scope (in terms of value).
“Construction at Coburn is proceeding on budget and on schedule, ensuring Strandline is on track to become Australia’s next major mineral sands producer,” the company said.
“The construction of bulk civil earthworks continued to be the primary focus at the site; major work of clearing, backfilling, foundation and base layer were advanced to allow the installation of the infrastructure.
“Site accommodation village ordered for the first 100 rooms with a gradual transition of the pioneer camp workforce until October 2021.”
Strandline has also advanced a range of environmental and heritage monitoring activities, including studies related to water, dust, flora and fauna.
“Solid construction progress ensures that Strandline’s global Coburn project is on budget and on schedule for the first production of heavy mineral concentrate (HMC) in the December 2022 quarter,” the company said. .
Earlier this month, Strandline awarded Mine Site Construction Services (MSCS) a seven-year mining services contract on the Coburn project.
The contract will allow MSCS to extract 23.4 million tonnes of ore per year, remove overburden and provide pit backfill, land remodeling and earthworks related to mining .
The contract followed a final investment decision by Strandline in May, backing a DFS that indicated a mine life of 22.5 years and a throughput of 23.4 million tonnes per year.
This DFS was accompanied by a scoping study that examined the potential to extend the mine life to 37.5 years (until 2060).