MDM Engineering has entered into an agreement with African Barrick Gold to carry out expansion work at African Barrick’s Bulyanhulu process plant in Tanzania
MDM Engineering received a letter of intent in August 2012 for work on the execution phase of the 2.4mn tonne per year gold plant for African Barrick’s Bulyanhulu process plant expansion project.
African Barrick had completed a scoping study in 2010 to determine the technical and economic viability of reclaiming and processing the stored tailings for gold recovery and engaged MDM Engineering in August 2011 to undertake a feasibility study of the project.
MDM Engineering chief executive officer, Martin Smith, said, “We successfully completed the bankable feasibility study in December last year, followed by value engineering in March and April this year.”
The project falls in line with MDM Engineering’s plans to invest in Ghana, Tanzania and DR Congo, which according to the company, have a lot of business potential.
Smith said, “We decided to focus on these countries in our strategy for 2012 for three reasons. Firstly, all three of these countries have developing mining industries, secondly, our clients are developing projects in these countries and thirdly, we already have an operational history in these countries.”
The company has established registered companies in Tanzania and Congo and will soon be registering a unit in Ghana.
“We have also gained intimate knowledge of the labour and tax regimes of the African countries we work in to limit our risk exposure,” Smith added.