New Century chooses Sedgman as EPC contractor

Sedgman and New Century employees undertaking re-energisation works of the Century mine electrical substation in preparation for commissioning activities.
Sedgman and New Century employees undertaking re-energisation works of the Century mine electrical substation in preparation for commissioning activities.

Century Mine owners New Century has executed a $40 million contract with Segdman for the restart of the mine and has also selected Ausenco as its preferred bidder for its $1.7m pipeline refurbishment.

New Century told the ASX last week it had signed an Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract with Sedgman executed for refurbishment and commissioning of the Century Process Plant and Karumba Port Facility, expanding on an early works contract, underway since December 2017.

The company said the front end engineering design works were completed and long lead items were procured while it had selected Ausenco as preferred bidder for the concentrate slurry pipeline refurbishment and commissioning as the project remains on track for commencement of production later this year.

The news comes after the company announced its first offtake agreements last month.

New Century Director Peter Watson said he was pleased to sign the new Sedgman EPC contract which would take the total value of their work to $40 million.

“Having previously worked with the Sedgman team for over 10 years, I am very confident that New Century has partnered with a world-class project delivery team for the refurbishment and commissioning process,” Mr Watson said.

“The Sedgman team will also complement the existing management team within New Century, together providing a great combination of long term site knowledge and external expertise.”

The work under the EPC contract comprises the refurbishment and commissioning works for the Century Processing Plant at Lawn Hill and the Karumba Port Facility and Sedgman is also providing operations readiness services.

The EPC contract scope also includes civil, structural, mechanical, piping and electrical work requirements as determined by the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study.

Early Works and long lead item procurement activities completed to date include procurement of electrical equipment and pumping equipment in addition to the commencement of general refurbishment activities.

The remainder of the Century Processing Plant and Karumba Port refurbishment and commissioning process is expected to take up to five months, which is in line with the planned scheduled for operations to commence in Q3 2018.

The Concentrate Slurry Pipeline refurbishment is expected to take up to three months.