Johannesburg based engineering and project delivery company DRA has announced that it has been awarded the first phase of the contract for the coal preparation plant of the Belfast Implementation Project, South Africa.
The first phase contract has been awarded by Exxaro Coal Mpumalanga, wholly-owned subsidiary of JSE-listed Exxaro Resources and covers the detail design and engineering of the 500 t/h coal processing project, which has a value of approximately US$4.5million. Phase 2 is valued at nearly US$55million.
Included in the project scope is a two-stage dense medium beneficiation plant, a fine coal dense medium section for fines treatment, filtration of slimes, and associated product handling systems.
It is expected that the work will continue into the supply, construction and commissioning phases in approximately 12 months, following the completion of the necessary approval processes by Exxaro. When operating, the new plant will produce two types of coal – a thermal coal for local consumption and a higher grade export coal.
Paul Thomson, CEO of the DRA Group, comments: “We are especially pleased to have been awarded the Belfast Coal contract by Exxaro. Our association with the project goes back to 2008 when we were involved in early studies. Since that time we’ve worked very closely with the Exxaro team through the prefeasibility and final feasibility study stages.”
“The contract has been awarded to DRA on a lump sum basis following a competitive bidding process. This clearly demonstrates our long-established and continuing reputation for the development of innovative and cost-effective designs and also for the successful delivery of mining industry solutions.”