Mining

The Aveng Group’s end-to-end capability, multidisciplinary and holistic approach enable it to provide clients’ underground and surface mining requirements with turnkey solutions in mining and mining infrastructure from design, process, construction and project management through to operating their mining activities on an outsourced basis.

Capability

The Aveng Group has a long-standing track record in the mining and resource industry, and has delivered significant and long-term contracts to clients throughout Africa, Australia, Asia, New Zealand and the Pacific Rim. Its experience spans a broad range of commodities and it has successfully worked in remote and difficult locations.

The Group has the ability to undertake any mining construction work in the mining sector and has played an integral part in the success of numerous mines in Africa as outsourcing partner for services, including mining contracting, mining engineering and contract mining, both in the coal and hard rock sectors.

Major mining companies in Africa entrust their opencast mining activities to The Aveng Group, which can deliver their complete and long-term mining requirements.

The Group has successfully sunk both vertical and decline/incline shafts in all types of ground conditions and has the capability to sink and equip shafts of various diameters and depths. It has the capacity to sink vertical shafts to depths of more than 1 000m.

Specific expertise relating to the mining and commodity sector includes mine optimisation, layout planning, specialist pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, supply and maintenance of equipment, surface and underground infrastructure design and installation. The Aveng Group also supplies engineered support solutions to the mining and geotechnical industries. It has well-established research and development facilities and manufacturing plants in its focused market divisions.

Flagship projects

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Aveng Moolmans – Siguiri Gold Mine
Client:
SAG (Ultimately Anglo Gold Ashanti)
Location:
Siguiri District, Guinea

Siguiri Gold Mine is situated in the east of Guinea just 100 kilometres from the Mali border. Aveng Moolmans is contracted to render the following services to the client - blast hole drilling and blasting, load and haul of waste and ore, rehandling of ore at the crusher in a blend of Saprolites and Laterites and dewatering of the pits. With over 587 Guineans employees and 25 South African expatriates, the mine runs 365 days a year. The contract was awarded in early 1997 and will end on 31 December 2013.

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McConnell Dowell – Koniambo Nickel Mine
Client:
Koniambo Nickel SAS
Location:
Kone, North Province, New Caledonia

The Socalmo MacDow JV was awarded three construction packages for the Koniambo Nickel Project. The project includes construction of a new nickel refinery complete with a power station near Koné in the North Province of New Caledonia. Koniambo is one of the largest and highest grade undeveloped nickel resources in the world and has a nominal capacity to produce 60,000 tonnes of nickel per annum.

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Aveng Grinaker-LTA – Konkola Shaft Sinking Project
Client:
KCM
Location:
Chililabombe, Zambian Copper Belt, Zambia

Aveng Grinaker-LTA was contracted for the Konkola Deep Mining Project for Konkola Copper Mines, which includes the construction of a 1 504m production shaft – the deepest on the Zambian copper-belt, and a 700m ventilation shaft. Aveng Grinaker-LTA is working in conjunction with its partners to construct the highest structural steel headgear in the world at a height of 83,5m.

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Aveng Moolmans – Phoenix Nickel Mine opencast contract
Client:
Tati Nickel Mining Company
Location:
Botswana

Aveng Moolmans commenced mining at Phoenix Mine in March 2002 for an initial 5-year contract, which was subsequently renegotiated to June 2013. Phoenix mine is situated approximately 40km east of Francistown in Botswana. The work comprises all ancillary works and a full mining service, which includes drilling, blasting, loading and hauling of material from an open pit.

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McConnell Dowell – Pilbara Iron Ore Infrastructure – Phase A and B
Client:
Fortescue Metals Group
Location:
Western Australia, Australia

Leveraging its leadership in building iron ore load out wharves, McConnell Dowell carried out the design and construction of the Pilbara Iron Ore Infrastructure Project at Port Hedland in Western Australia. Its scope of work included a load-out berth, a lay-by berth and navigation aids. Overall the project was completed on time and on budget, and McConnell Dowell’s performance was recognised by its peers through the WA Civil Contractor’s Federation 2008 Construction Excellence Award.