Queensland Business Review

March 15, 2012

Ausenco has been awarded a create phase contract to deliver Base Resources’ $250 million Kwale Mineral Sands Project in Kenya.

The Brisbane-based company’s Minerals & Metals business line will provide engineering, procurement, construction management (EPCM) services to deliver the concentrator and mineral separation plant for the Kwale Project.

The project is anticipated to produce around 4.7 million tonnes of final product over 13 years from late 2013.

Ausenco CEO Zimi Meka says that the new contract builds on Ausenco’s previous involvement with the project, including the feasibility study and early engineering design.

“We have formed a strong relationship with the Base Resources team and are very pleased to be working with them to deliver another project in mineral sands important to the local Kenyan economy,” Meka says in a company statement.

Africa is a key growth area for our business and we are confident that the increasing demand for minerals will continue to provide Ausenco with future opportunities in this region,” he says.

The Kwale Project is located 10km inland from the Kenyan coast and 50km south of Mombasa, Kenya’s principal port facility.

The project is well supported by existing physical infrastructure and, as reported by Ausenco, enjoys a high level of support from the Government of Kenya as well as the local community.