SIMPEC has been awarded a contract to install a flocculant treatment plant for Iluka Resources’ new mineral sands project in Cataby.
The A$1.7 million ($1.2 million) contract award will see SIMPEC, a subsidiary of WestStar Industrial, start work on the plant immediately. It is the company’s second award at Cataby, having successfully completed a key mechanical, electrical and communications contract in the construction of two separate accommodation facilities for use by Iluka and Tronox, respectively.
The flocculant plant package is a fabrication and construction project consisting of four tanks including structural, mechanical and piping works. The project will be delivered over a three-month period and forms part of a “complex mineral and chemical processing facility”, according to SIMPEC.
At Cataby, the heavy mineral concentrate produced at the site will be processed into final products at Iluka’s Narngulu mineral separation plant.
The A$250-275 million Cataby project was approved in December 2017 with first production expected in the June quarter of 2019. It is expected to produce an average of 200,000 t/y of synthetic rutile, 50,000 t/y of zircon and 30,000 t/y of rutile over an 8.5-year mine life.
With this award, SIMPEC has built an order book of A$9.5 million, with more than A$150 million of work tendered over the past year, it said.