Planting a golden seed

21 July, 2017

With construction of the Gruyere Gold mine set to begin this year and the gold price sitting steady, it’s a good time to be involved in the industry.

Civmec chief executive Patrick Tallon will be on hand at the next WA Works Sundowner on August 2 to discuss the scope of the Gruyere contract and what opportunities will be available to potential sub-contractors.

Como Engineers is one of those companies already taking advantage of the global interest in gold.

Carving out a reputation as one of the world’s best gold stripping plant manufacturers, Como is now a leader in modular mineral and metal processing plants that extract precious metals from rock.

While the resources sector was coming to terms with the transition from construction to production, Como refused to rest on its laurels and looked overseas to the Canadian Rockies, Sudan, Finland and the Andes to sell its fit-for-purpose plants.

After ramping up efforts, exports have been surging.

This year alone, Como has already exported one one-tonne, one four-tonne and one six-tonne gold stripping plants to customers across the globe—up from two plants last year.

They’re currently working on a 10-tonne plant to be sent to Russia by the end of this year.

Modular processing plants might be slightly more exclusive, but Como managing director Barry Cloutt says their quality and moveability more than compensate.

“Each part of the plant has the principal of a Meccano set,” he says.

“Everything joins together in a method that is easy to build, easy to pull apart and is easy to fit together again, resulting in a faster, more effective solution."

“It fits with specific container sizes.” 

Cloutt says the modular design for their gold plants, and other equipment like coal wash plants, is something they’ve perfected over decades and it means stress-free delivery for the client.

“We have the ability to be able to stay in control of that quality and the whole process whilst still being able to make and deliver quite a technical product to the client—and it works because it left here working,” he says.

“If we build a plant, it’s customised to fit into a sea container so when we deliver it to site in fantastic locations like Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo, you don’t have to worry about stick building or having someone go there with an arc welder and weld things up from scratch.”

► Interested in subcontracting opportunities? Register for the next WA Works Sundowner featuring Amec Foster Wheeler Civmec JV to hear more about the $298 million Gruyere Gold EPC contract.