Tawana Resources commences construction at the Bald Hill Mine

Tawana Resources NL announced the execution of an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with Primero Group to build a 1.2 million tonne per annum Dense Media Separation (DMS) circuit at the Bald Hill Lithium and Tantalum Mine (the Project). The EPC contract is a “lump sum, fixed price” contract valued at A$30 million. Primero was chosen for their expertise in lithium projects, having recently commissioned a DMS lithium plant in Western Australia and their involvement in several significant lithium projects globally.

Highlights

-   Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) agreement executed,
    enabling construction to commence at the1.2Mtpa Dense Media Separation
    (DMS) process plant and associated infrastructure at Bald Hill.
-   Primero Group mobilised to the Bald Hill Mine.
-   Construction work has commenced with bulk earthworks completed and initial
    cement foundations being poured.
-   Detailed design is well-advanced, long-lead items have been ordered, and
    fabrication packages awarded.
-   Commissioning on track for the first quarter of 2018.

It is anticipated that almost 200 people will be on site during the peak construction period at Bald Hill.

Tawana Managing Director Mark Calderwood commented, “This is another key milestone for the Project. We welcome Primero as an important partner of Tawana and AMAL and look forward to updating the market on the progress of the DMS plant. In addition, associated site works and construction has commenced and we remain committed and focussed on delivering lithium concentrate during the first quarter of 2018.”

Primero Managing Director Cameron Henry, commented, “We are pleased to be working with Tawana and AMAL on this project and to be recognised for our complete turnkey design and construction capability and expertise in the lithium industry. Our team has been working closely with Tawana from the first testwork, through feasibility and now into project
execution phase, providing a complete end to end service. The project development schedule for the Bald Hill Project remains on track to commence commissioning in the first quarter of 2018.”

Tawana and AMAL will be releasing Project updates monthly.

Tawana Resources is an JSE and ASX listed iron, gold and manganese exploration company with operations in Liberia and South Africa.