Sierra Leone

DRA has successfully secured a contract with Sierra Rutile, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iluka Resources, for the expansion of its mineral sands operations in the Bonthe District of Sierra Leone.

Sierra Rutile’s Gangama plant, which was originally constructed by DRA in 2016, will double its capacity to 1000-1200tph at the project’s completion.

The project also includes the expansion of the Lanti front end circuit; and the refurbishment of the Lanti floating concentrator.

“We are excited to continue our longstanding partnership with Sierra Rutile, which has included three feasibility studies and two engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) projects.

"This latest project will help to consolidate our partnership in West Africa,” explains Neale Goddard, DRA’s Executive Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The estimated DRA project value is US$55 million and is expected to be completed by June 2019.

Earlier this month Prospect Resources appointed DRA to provide engineering services and upfront design for its Arcadia lithium project in Zimbabwe.

The Arcadia lithium project represents a globally significant hard rock lithium resource and is rapidly being developed by Prospect Resources' experienced team.

The 1.2 Mtpa process plant will produce saleable lithium concentrate of both spodumene and petalite.

“We believe that DRA is the perfect partner for Prospect Resources to align with on the Arcadia lithium project," comments executive director of Prospect Resources Harry Greaves.

"Their broad capabilities, 15-year track record in gold, platinum, diamonds and lithium in Zimbabwe and team of highly skilled engineers and designers provide an invaluable service offering to Prospect Resources,” adds Greaves.

The project begins with engineering planning, design and scope clarification which will culminate in a baseline document for the project.