Appointed by Black Mountain Mining (BMM), a subsidiary of LSE-listed diversified miner Vedanta Resources, engineering solutions provider ELB Engineering Services will provide construction services for the process, power and water plants at the Gamsberg zinc project in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.
This is a significant contract for ELB Engineering Services and is the outcome of months of joint effort to achieve an optimal engineered integrated solution.
ELB Engineering Services is appreciative of the involvement and commitment from the Vedanta and Gamsberg project teams in collaborating and partnering with Engineering Services over the past months in the continued optimisation of the integrated Gamsberg project solution.
Gamsberg is a green field zinc mine consisting of an open cast mine, ore beneficiation plant and associated infrastructure located in Aggeneys.
The Gamsberg project is an important project for Vedanta in Africa and is one of the largest known zinc deposits globally.
Vedanta will invest, approximately US$400 million towards developing the open pit zinc mine, concentrator plant and associated infrastructure at Gamsberg.
The first phase of the Gamsberg open pit mine, which is expected to have a life of mine of approximately 13 years is currently on track to begin producing first ore in 2018. This phase will see Vedanta mine 4 Mtpa of ROM ore, producing 250 000 tpa of zinc metal in concentrate.
ELB Engineering Services’ contract is expected to take up to eighteen months to complete and the company looks forward to its continued partnering with BMM and to the successful undertaking of such a significant mining project in South Africa.