Ausenco Minerals has received an engineering procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract from Taseko Mines for the Gibraltar Development Plan 3 (GDP3) project in British Columbia, Canada.

Under the $237m contract, Ausenco will develop infrastructure for the GDP3 project, which is scheduled for completion in December 2012.

The project is expected to double the copper production capacity to 180 million pounds.

Taseko Mines president and CEO Russell Hallbauer said the firm’s operations, construction and EPCM team will complete the project within a short time frame of 17 months.