Australian mineral explorer Gunson has selected Sedgman Metals subsidiary Intermet Engineering as the preferred engineering contractor for its Coburn Zircon project in Western Australia.

Sedgman has been contracted to carry out a four-month design definition study to evaluate risks associated with the execution of the project and to reduce the capital and operating costs.

Construction of the project is expected to begin by the end of 2009 with commissioning expected to start in late 2010.