Bannerman has appointed Wood plc (Wood) as lead study manager with overall responsibility to manage DFS consultants and produce the Etango-8 DFS report. Wood is also undertaking process plan design and related infrastructure, plant capital and operating cost estimates.
Wood is a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services, with offices in all major resource centres including Perth and Johannesburg. Wood, through its legacy companies Amec and Amec Foster Wheeler, has been involved with the Etango Project since 2009, including the original Etango Definitive Feasibility Study based on a 20 Mtpa mine and heap leach process throughput (2012), as well as a DFS Optimisation Study (2015), a Processing Options Study (2017) and the Etango-8 Pre-Feasibility Study (2021). In addition to the value of this continuity and context, Wood has ensured that the key technical experts involved in that work, who are all leaders in their respective fields, are engaged during the DFS.
Bannerman engaged Qubeka Mining Consultants CC (Qubeka) to complete the geological review, pit inventory estimates and mine planning. Qubeka is a specialist mining engineering firm with deep experience in deposits similar to Etango. Qubeka was also engaged to complete these workstreams for the Etango-8 Scoping Study (2020) and PFS (2021).
A. Speiser Environmental Consultants has overall responsibility for the environmental and social impacts and management and are providing oversight on community and stakeholder liaison, supported by Urban Green (powerline environmental assessment) and Namisun Environmental Projects (mine closure planning).
The DFS is further supported by Addiza Power (external electricity supply), Genis Business Consulting and Lund Consulting Engineers (external water infrastructure), and Fivemark Partners (commercial and strategic advisory).
The high degree of continuity of key consultants has seen initial workstreams undertaken efficiently and with strong outcomes.
You can read the full announcement on the Etango-8 DFS progression, including the appointment of Wood, here.