Macmahon wins civil and earthworks contract for Coburn mine project

Monica Gameng   |   August 5, 2020

Strandline Resources is taking another step towards the development of the Coburn mineral sands project in Western Australia with the appointment of Macmahon Holdings as lead contractor to deliver site-wide civil and bulk earthworks.

In May of this year, Macmahon was also signed an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) agreement with Strandline Resources for the delivery of mining services for the Coburn project. You can read more about it here.

“This commercial milestone is the first of a series of material project contracts to be awarded as part of project financing in preparation for construction and Financial Close.

“We are pleased to further our relationship with Macmahon and look forward to delivering the construction works safely, on time and budget,” Strandline Managing Director Luke Graham said.

Under this $23 million civil and bulk earthworks contract, Macmahon Holdings will be undertaking the construction of a 43-kilometre bitumen sealed access road that will connect the mine to the North West Coast Highway as well as installation of other site roads, bulk earthwork pads, dams and drainage associated with the mine and process infrastructure.

coburn-site-access-roadCoburn's existing site access road (source: Strandline Resources)

This contract is a key works package that will establish access and construction pads at various areas of the project site – including the accommodation village, processing facilities, power station, bore fields and site offices and buildings.

Macmahon’s execution plan for this contract will include the use of local procurement initiatives as well as specialist sub-contractors to support construction works as well as aligning with Strandline’s approach to health, safety and environmental and indigenous engagement.

“Coburn has a world-scale Ore Reserve, situated in a Tier-1 location, we have binding offtake agreements in place with major customers, reputable contractors on board and project funding activities progressing rapidly,” Mr Graham said.

The Coburn mineral sands project is located approximately 240 kilometres north of the Geraldton mineral sands export port and it is expected to have an estimated 22.5-year mine life.


Source: Strandline Resources (1, 2); Macmahon Holdings; Australian Mining; Mining Technology

Monica Gameng
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