Sirius Resources has selected GR Engineering Services as the preferred tenderer to design and construct mineral processing and paste fill plant facilities for the company's Nova Nickel project Western in Australia.
The company's 100%-owned Nova nickel mine is located in the Fraser Range.
GR Engineering managing director Geoff Jones said: "We are proud to be associated with Sirius and we look forward to our involvement in the development of the Nova Nickel project, one of the most significant Australian base metal resources developments of recent times.
"In a short time, Sirius has advanced the Nova Nickel project from discovery to development, a testament to the quality of the project and the management team involved."
As stated by the company, development and construction of the Nova nickel mine is progressing and the boxcut has reached a depth of 22m below surface.
About 250,000m³ of clay and rock has been mined to date where underground mining equipment such as twin boom jumbos, loaders and trucks have arrived on site to begin underground decline development.
Sirius awarded a contract to the CV LOMAG joint venture to operate the company's onsite mobile crusher.
At the beginning of March, construction of the tailings dam started and the ROM pad has been completed using material excavated from the boxcut.
Sirius selected GR Engineering based on the fixed price, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) tender.
The engineering and detailed design of the facilities is expected to commence in the second quarter of this year. Construction is slated to begin in the fourth quarter.
Image: A tailings dam showing 100t push-pull scrapers in action. Photo: courtesy of Sirius Resources.