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Ophthalmia prefeasibility study and consultancy services

SERVICES USED: Studies and project management, Project services

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Client/Asset owner: Brockman Mining
Location: Pilbara, WA
Duration: Jun 2014 – Dec 2014

The Brockman Mining Ophthalmia iron ore resource consists of multiple mineable resources located in a 25km x 10km area approximately 320km south-south-east of Port Hedland in Western Australia.

Scope Australia was selected by Brockman Mining deliver a prefeasibility study (PFS), which was executed using an integrated project team comprising personnel from both Brockman Mining and Scope Australia.

The scope of the study (and associated engineering design) included:

  • Geological resource estimation
  • Mine planning
  • Geotechnical studies
  • Hydrology studies
  • Water management/balance studies
  • Metallurgical test work
  • Process plant design
  • Materials handling, product stockpiling and reclaiming
  • Infrastructure and services design including:
    • Surface roads, including haul roads, mine access and internal/plant roads
    • Offices and supporting facilities
    • HV/LV workshops and related facilities
    • Laboratory
    • Accommodation facilities
    • Airfield
    • Power supply and reticulation
    • Water treatment, storage and distribution
    • Rail loading including rail loop and spur line.
  • Operations and administration, including socio-economic impact and labour plan
  • Environmental impact and risk assessment
  • Legal and permitting
  • Project implementation/ execution plan
  • Capital and operating cost estimation
  • Scheduling
  • Financial analysis (project evaluation model)

The PFS confirmed the viability of the Ophthalmia project when considered in conjunction with Brockman’s Marillana project, rail and port transport and materials handling solutions.

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