Bateman Engineering has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM) contract for the approximately US$71 million Foskor Extension 8 De-bottlenecking project in Phalaborwa, South Africa. This follows the recent up-date and re-validation by Bateman Engineering of its February 2007 feasibility study for the project.

The project commenced in October 2008 and is due to be completed by September 2010. It will restore the production throughput capacity of the Extension 8 to its design level of 5.2 million tonnes a year. This will be achieved by replacing two million tonnes a year of crushing and milling capacity.

This brownfields project involves the design, supply and construction of a 250 tonne an hour tertiary crushing, rod milling, ball milling, classification and flotation feed thickener circuit. This circuit will be fully integrated into the Extension 8 process facility to make use of the surplus flotation capacity left by the existing underperforming milling circuit.

A South African company, Foskor has two main production facilities: Foskor Richards Bay, primarily a producer of phosphoric acid and phosphate based fertilizers and Foskor Phalaborwa, focused on the mining and beneficiation of phosphate rock as well as recovering low concentrates of copper minerals located in Phalaborwa.