Arafura Resources Limited (ASX: ARU) has appointed leading global management consultancy KBR as the Project Management Consultant to the integrated project management team (IPMT) for the delivery of the Nolans Neodymium-Praseodymium (NdPr) Project in Australia’s Northern Territory.
Arafura Managing Director Gavin Lockyer said the scope of work for the IPMT encompasses management of all aspects of the Project. The KBR team will be integrated with Arafura project personnel to build on the existing project knowledge and supplement it with proven project delivery solutions and systems.
As part of the IPMT, KBR has also partnered with Wave International Pty Ltd as a sub-consultant. Wave has significant minerals processing experience including in rare earths and will provide additional engineering depth to the Project as well as undertaking the engineering design of selected non-process infrastructure.
“The appointment of KBR to the integrated project team for the delivery of Nolans is a major milestone for the Company,” Mr Lockyer said.
“KBR brings a proven track record, systems and global experience to the Project which will enhance our existing capabilities.
“Through their partnership with Wave, which has assisted the Arafura team with the definitive feasibility study and execution readiness activities to date, there will be a continuity of knowledge and momentum, moving into the project delivery activities.”
KBR recently completed the highly successful Carrapateena Copper Project in South Australia, performing a similar role in an integrated management team with OZ Minerals Limited.
Wayne Nolan, KBR’s Vice President of Infrastructure Services Australia, said KBR is looking forward to bringing the Project successfully through construction and production.
“We will bring together our local expertise in the resources sector, and best practice experience from similar programs of works elsewhere in the world to deliver these services.”