WorleyParsons has been awarded two feasibility studies in Mauritania for the rehabilitation and modernisation of the Guelb 1 Plant and the development of the F’derik mine to demonstrate a 3 Mt/a production capacity based on a pre-feasibility study.

The feasibility study for the Guelb 1 Plant includes reviewing the concept study and all available and relevant data, validating the data and plant on site, developing alternatives to maximise current assets throughput by evaluating production bottlenecks as well as rehabilitation and modernisation potential of existing assets, and identifying alternatives to extend beyond the current assets to improve the production rate with minimum production interruption.

Interim deliverables for the feasibility study for the development of the F’derik mine include reviewing the pre-feasibility study and all available and relevant data, validating the data and mine site, and undertaking a detailed assessment of geology information prior to commencing with mine design and scheduling, and concluding operational and capital expenditure as well as financial models.

Mauritania has extensive deposits of iron ore, which account for almost 55% of total exports, with the mining sector contributing 12-15% to the country’s GDP.

The Société Nationale Industrielle de Mauritanie (SNIM), a mining company in which the Mauritiun state holds a 78% stake, has awarded the feasibility studied to WorleyParsons and is engaged in iron ore mining from the Kedia d’Idjill (F’derik), Guelb El Rhein, and M’Haoudat iron ore mines in Mauritania.

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