SNC-Lavalin awarded EPC contract for thickened mine tailings project in Chile
MONTREAL, Sept. 25, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ – SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) has been
awarded a contract by CompaÃ±Ãa Minera del PacÃfico S.A. (CAP MinerÃa),
to provide overall management, detailed engineering, procurement and
construction (EPC) services for a thickened mine tailings disposal
system at the Cerro Negro Norte iron ore project in Chile.
SNC-Lavalin’s portion of the EPC reimbursable contract is estimated at
over US$50 million.
Cerro Negro Norte project is located 60 km north of CopiapÃ³ city in the
Atacama Desert, one of the driest places in the world. The mine will
produce 20,000 tonnes of tailings per day, which will be treated with
SNC-Lavalin’s in-house thickened tailings disposal technology. The
technology will allow the tailings to be stored safely and recover
about 98% of water, an extremely scarce resource in the region.
“This award is an important part of our Sustainable Mine Development
program in Chile and other parts of the world,” said Feroz Ashraf,
Executive Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. “The use of our
thickened tailings technology provides better protection to the
environment, and offers energy savings and seismic assurances. This
award reiterates our commitment to the sustainable development of
mining and metallurgical projects worldwide.”
The Engineering phase has been completed by SNC-Lavalin’s Santiago
office, and initial infrastructure construction activities are
scheduled to start in October 2012. Mechanical completion of the
project is expected by the third quarter 2013.
SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in
the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure, and in
the provision of operations and maintenance services. Founded in 1911,
SNC-Lavalin has offices across Canada and in over 40 other countries
around the world, and is currently working in some 100 countries.