Mineral processing and project management group MDM Engineering has been awarded the cost budget estimate (CBE) for phase 2 of First Uranium Corporation’s Chemwes gold and uranium project, located in Stilfontein South Africa. Phase 2 of the project has an estimated value of US$70 million.

MDM Engineering was previously awarded the full EPCM management role for the project with work on phase 1B having commenced. Once complete, phase 1B will almost double the throughput of the project from 650,000 tonnes a month to 1.283 million tonnes a month and will treat the reclaimed tailings for the recovery of both gold and uranium.

The CBE for phase 2 of the project is an extension on phase 1B and will include a further 650,000 tonne a month stream circuit from the reclaim station for further gold and uranium extraction. Following completion of phase 2 the project’s overall production is expected to reach 1.933 million tonnes a month.