SNC-Lavalin has secured a contract from Sociedad Minera de Santander (Minesa), a unit of Mubadala Development Company, to provide a pre-feasibility study for the Soto Norte project, a gold mine and processing facility in Colombia .
SNC-Lavalin will provide services over a period of 15 months and will be carried out by its mining and metallurgy team at its offices in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with support from its local presence in Colombia and other regional offices in Latin and South America.
As part of the contract, the team will identify the optimal project concept to form the basis of the feasibility study, identify the risks to future development of the project, achieve sufficient detail in engineering, which will help in completion of an environmental and social impact assessment, as well as detail project facilities sufficiently to support the intended level of accuracy required for the pre-feasibility capital and operating cost estimates and the project master schedule.
SNC-Lavalin mining and metallurgy senior vice-president for Latin America Joaquin Cano said: "This project capitalises on our substantial gold experience, our expertise in taking early phase studies through to project execution for our clients, as well as our considerable experience working in remote and environmentally sensitive areas."
SNC-Lavalin mining and metallurgy president José J. Suárez said: "We are excited to be part of Colombia’s increasing focus on mining and resource extraction, and we look forward to working with Minesa, as this new project represents a continuation of our long-standing relationship in a new region."
Established in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is an engineering and construction group.
It has offices in more than 50 countries. It provides engineering, procurement construction, completions and commissioning services together with a range of capital services to clients in four industry sectors, oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, infrastructure and power.