The Northern Cape’s Kalahari region is currently underway with one of the few major billion rand projects in South Africa, which will see Assmang’s Black Rock mine operation increase its operational capacity to 4.6 Mtpa.
The underground portion of this project – entailing new and upgraded ore handling infrastructure and the refurbishment and development of new shafts – is extensive and although only 50% complete, is already a major success and scheduled to be completed on time, writes Laura Cornish.
Mine engineering expert WorleyParsons (in South Africa) is responsible on an EPCM basis for the entire underground portion of the Black Rock mine operations project. The mine is operated by Assmang Proprietary Limited, which is jointly owned by Assore Limited and African Rainbow Mineral Limited.
The EPCM reports into the integrated Assmang owners team which consists of Assmang engineers and the Black Rock mine operation under the leadership of Andre Sims, Assmang project manager.
“We’ve been involved almost continuously with this project since 2010, starting with study work which entered into the execution phase following Assmang board approval early in 2014,” says portfolio manager Peet Greyling, who is overseeing the project for WorleyParsons. To date, Assmang is one of the biggest clients within WorleyParsons South Africa’s mining, minerals & chemicals division.
As such, it represents a critical element of the company’s mining business on the African continent and is acknowledged as a significant…