Second Olympic Dam contract for GRD

This most recent contract will see GRD, through engineering and construction subsidiary GRD Minproc, provide engineering services for various ore processing technology studies.GRD Minproc group manager of corporate affairs Casey Cahill told CIN the contract was worth approximately $15 million over three years.“From this there is the potential to move into EPCM [engineering, procurement, construction and management] work,” Cahill said. “Obviously that’s entirely dependent on BHP Billiton, but if they want to move from the study to a demonstration plant phase to test the various technologies, then we would be well placed to do that sort of work as well.”GRD Minproc said the contract would involve its engineers working on a range of process flowsheet options and alternative technology developments in a bid to maximise safety, recovery and efficiency.Olympic Dam is the world’s largest uranium deposit, and also represents a major copper and gold resource. GRD Minproc’s initial contract with BHP Billiton on the Olympic Dam Expansion Project involved the provision of preliminary engineering for a demonstration plant to evaluate an alternative uranium recovery process.

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