Australia-based speciality metals development company Wolf Minerals has authorised EPC contractor GR Engineering Services (GRES) to begin construction at its Hemerdon tungsten and tin project in the south-west of England.
The fixed term EPC contract was awarded to GRES in June 2013 and involves the design, construction and commissioning of the three million tonnes per annum tungsten and tin mineral processing plant.
The £75m contract is scheduled to be completed by mid 2015, according to Wolf Minerals.
GRES has completed the detailed design of the plant and facilities and the procurement of key pieces of equipment, and is now ready to commence construction on the site.
Wolf Minerals said that the start of construction follows the finalisation of the purchase of requisite residential properties around the project site, which was required for the project’s planning permission.
The project also required an environmental permit for the mining waste facility and the signing of a 40-year lease with the project’s landowners.
Wolf Minerals managing director Russell Clark said the company’s management team is established at its UK base and that GRES is mobilising to start construction.
"We have been focused on achieving the key milestones required to allow construction to commence at the Hemerdon project, and are delighted that these are now all in place and construction can commence," Clark said.
"This is a very exciting time in the company’s development and provides visible proof to the market that the project will be built and that Wolf will be the next significant producer of tungsten concentrate globally."