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Head contract awarded for $427M mining project

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A multi-disciplinary engineering group has won the primary tender for a $427 million mining development in Western Australia’s Gascoyne region.

DRA Pacific recently secured the engineering, procurement and contract management (EPCM) tender for Hastings Technology Metals’ Yangibana Rare Earths Project, 270km northeast of Carnarvon.

The scope of works includes supplying materials and building a rare earths processing plant and associated infrastructure for the Yangibana Process Plant, which is promised to produce 15,000 tonnes of mixed rare earths carbonate each year. QMEB can reveal the deal is worth about $350 million.

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‘Progress to production’

“The award of the EPCM contract moves the Yangibana Rare Earths Project firmly into development phase to commence project execution and progress to production of our mixed rare earth carbonate by 2022,” Hastings executive chairman Charles Lew said in a public statement.

DRA previously carried out the value engineering studies and the front-end-engineering-design work back in 2018 and earlier in 2019.

“We have put together a very strong team for the delivery of the project and our project manager has significant experience in delivering successful projects,” DRA chief executive Andrew Naude said.

None of the jobs are advertised.