Scandium International Mining Corp, whose subsidiary EMC Metals Australia Pty Ltd is behind the Nyngan Scandium Project, announced this week that work would begin immediately on select critical path components for the project.
EPCM engineering contractor Lycopodium has been instructed to initiate critical path engineering for the project, including design and specification engineering on the high-pressure autoclave unit, associated flash and splash vessels and several specialized high-pressure input pumps.
Whilst this engineering work will enable final supplier selection, firm component pricing and delivery dates for these key process components, a construction start date for the project was still unknown.
Key components of the development include:
• two separate open cut pits, identified as East Pit and West Pit, to access 1.5 Mt of ore;
• constructing and operating a processing plant to process up to 175,000 t of ore a year for 21 years;
• producing and transporting 45 t of scandium oxide a year from the mine via road;
• developing associated infrastructure, including a borrow pit, residue storage facility, levee bunds, water management structures and access roads; and
• progressively rehabilitating the site.
Ancillary infrastructure required as part of the project would include:
• Water management structures, including a raw water pond, event pond, external decant pond, evaporation pond and sediment ponds.
• Water and power supply infrastructure, including a water pipeline connecting the site with the Nyngan to Cobar pipeline.
• An access road and internal road network including an elevated haul road.
• A workshop, office building, staff amenities and staff and visitor parking
NYNGAN SCANDIUM PROJECT
• Status: Primary contract awarded
• Site: About 25km southwest of Nyngan, in north-west NSW
• CAPEX ($AUD million): $101m – $250m
• Proponent: EMC Metals Corp and Jervois Mining
• Contractor: Lycopodium
• Employment – Construction: 60
• Employment – Operation: 75
• Lifespan (years): 26
Source – PROJECTORY