Posted by Daniel Gleeson on November 24, 2021
TNG Ltd said an integrated design layout for its flagship Mount Peake vanadium-titanium-iron project in the Northern Territory of Australia has been developed and delivered by Australian engineering and construction company Clough Projects Australia Pty Ltd.
As announced in October, TNG appointed Clough to work with its project team and SMS group for Mount Peake following a strategic decision to advance a fully integrated operation at the Mount Peake mine site and given the severe restrictions on travel between Europe and Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic impacting SMS’s ability to deliver a team in Australia.
Clough, working with the TNG project team, developed the integrated layout based on the deliverables prepared as part of the engineering and preliminary design study conducted by SMS. The development includes the enrichment plant, the TIVAN® processing facility and plant utilities located within the mining lease footprint of the Mount Peake site.
The integrated factories will be positioned adjacent to the western boundary of the mining areas designated in the company’s existing mining lease 29855, which covers an area of 1,460 ha. This area is capable of accommodating a fully integrated operation encompassing mining and waste storage, enrichment plant, TIVAN treatment facility and off-process infrastructure.
The built-in layout will be “unconstrained” from the size and shape requirements of the old Darwin site, TNG said. This provides the opportunity to capitalize on improving the constructability, operability and maintenance of the project, as well as other cost optimizations through the integrated infrastructure.
TNG has now tasked Clough with advancing value engineering to optimize cost / time results; and design aspects incorporating the disciplines of civil, structural and architectural, mechanical, piping, electrical and instrumentation engineering, logistics and non-process infrastructure.
Clough will work with the TNG project team and receive support from SMS to undertake this next engineering and design step and provide an updated capital cost estimate for the development of Mount Peake, which step to be completed d ‘by May 2022.
TNG Managing Director and CEO Paul Burton said: “Completion of this design paves the way for the start of value engineering and final design work, which in turn will support an updated cost estimate for the project. investment and will pave the way for the completion of the project financing.
Clough CEO and Managing Director Peter Bennett added: “We are delighted with our continued collaboration with TNG on their Mount Peake project as we develop sustainable solutions for the resource sector in Australia. We are proud of our role and long history of delivering world-class engineering, construction and critical infrastructure projects in Australia and abroad. “
Located 235 km north of Alice Springs, Mount Peake is expected to be a long-term project producing a range of high-quality, high-purity, strategic products for global markets, including vanadium pentoxide, the pigment of titanium dioxide. and iron ore fines. The project, which is expected to be among the top 10 producers in the world, has received major project status from the Northern Territory and the federal governments.