OZ Minerals has awarded a contract to GR Engineering Services for the design and construction of the Northern Wellfield for the Carrapateena project located approximately 160km north of Port Augusta in South Australia.

The engineering, procurement and construction contract is valued at A$16.3m ($11.77m).

For the Northern Wellfield project, GR Engineering will provide the detailed design, survey, supply, transportation, construction, testing and commissioning services for the development of the trunkline and transfer pumping stations associated with four wells.

The Carrapateena mineral processing plant, which is currently under construction, will obtain water through the wellfield project.

The Northern Wellfield project will include access roads, pipeline corridors, staging tanks, wellheads and pumps to source groundwater from deep underground aquifers for providing raw saline water to the mining operations.

“This work demonstrates GR Engineering’s credentials in the supply of process infrastructure and performance of ancillary project works on a turnkey basis.”

GR Engineering plans to begin the work with immediate effect. It will be delivered under a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) model.

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Construction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of this year.

GR Engineering Services managing director Geoff Jones said: “The award of this work demonstrates GR Engineering’s credentials in the supply of process infrastructure and performance of ancillary project works on a turnkey basis to support broader project delivery.

“Carrapateena is a globally significant copper-gold development project and our team is looking forward to working with OZ Minerals to make a meaningful contribution to its safe and successful delivery.”

OZ Minerals is building the wellfield located north of the mining lease in order to support mining activities at Carrapateena.

GR Engineering provides fixed price engineering design and construction services to the resources and mineral processing industry.