Minerals Processing & Plant Design

Nolan’s Gold Mine - Australia

This project was a “$24M lump sum turnkey, design and construct” gold plant bid nationally by MIM (now Glencore).The plant was designed to initially treat 2 MTPA of oxide ore (with design allowance for expansion to 5 MTPA) at an expected grade of 2.0 grams / tonne to produce approximately 120,000 ounces per year.

BHP Billiton Cannington – Growth Project Feasibility Study + Expansion


Cannington was the largest silver mine in the world and in 2002 it produced around 36 Million ounces in concentrate.


Fines “Split Flotation” Plant


The project separated the minus 5 micron material from the 300TPH process stream and separately treated the material before blending the resulting concentrates back with the main process stream.  The detailed design and construction was undertaken immediately after the feasibility study and the plant was commissioned on time and below budget.  Capital value $10 Million.  The plant increased recovery by around 3%.


Growth Project Feasibility Study + Expansion


Fraser Osborn undertook the capital cost estimate and detail design of $32 Million surface works component of the $130 Million Northern Ore Body Expansion including the minerals processing component of the expansion project.

Equipment installed includes:


200TPH scats crushing facility, two Vertimills (including a 1,500kW version – the largest built to date refer photo  on right), cyclones, additional flotation capacity, paste fill conveyor control systems, reagent and acid storage tanks, pumps, piping, foundations, concrete and structures.


The construction was scheduled so that tie-ins to the existing plant would occur during scheduled shut downs of the operating plant.


Yabulu Nickel Refinery Cobalt Oxy Hydroxide Plant  - Townsville

Fraser Osborn, in association with Kvaerner Metals, undertook the feasibility study followed by the construction of the Cobalt Oxy Hydroxide Plant. The plant process was based on Nickel Refinery’s process research and involved leaching, solvent extraction and concentrate filtering stages to produce required products.  Variations to products could be obtained by modifications to the process to suit particular client requirements.

Ok Tedi


EPCM for the installation of 2 off Metso VPA vertical plate pressure filters for dewatering of around 750,000 tonnes of copper concentrate per year. 

EPCM of the new reagent storage and dosing facility and the conversion of CIL tanks to agitated storage tanks for pyrite tailings and works associated with 130 km tailings pipeline.

EPCM of a sub-aqueous pyrite tailings disposal system to distribute tailings evenly over the containment dam.This process prevents formation of acid rock drainage which occurs when the tailings are exposed to air. The equipment design has now been used in mines in Laos and Vietnam.


EPCM for the conversion of two off 50 metre diameter thickeners to high rate thickeners for the separation of acid producing pyrite tailings.

Design, construction supervision and commissioning of the gravity gold/copper concentrate circuit. This plant is currently shut down but, while operating, it processed, dried and packed (in 20 kilo drums) a statistically uniform product of approximately 200 tonnes per annum of 99% copper 1% gold concentrate. Process included dewatering, drying, blending and packing for shipping.


Lihir Gold Mine


Engineering, Procurement + Construction Management for the installation of an additional 38 metre high compression thickener to increase density of autoclave feed. The Company also undertook the EPCM design and construction of a gravity concentration and high intensity cyanidation circuit.

Value US$21 Million


Glencore Oaky Creek Coal Preparation Plant Upgrade


This was completed in two stages to increase throughput from 650TPH to 1,350TPH and included the installation of: Jameson flotation, 2-off 110M2 belt filters. Design throughput was achieved within 24 hours of commencement of commissioning of the third module.


Other works included:

  • Upgrading of the existing breaker station from 1,100TPH to 2,000TPH.

  • Magnetic Separator Installation

  • New chutes to each of the breakers, vibratory feeders, multi-slope screens, magnetic separators, conveyors etc.

  • Redesign of flotation cells, Flocculant storage, mix and distribution.  Feasibility design and costing for fourth module of CHPP

Simberi Gold Company (Simberi Island PNG) 

Plant Expansion+ Power Station Replacement + Fuel Storage (Approx. $100M)

The Client operates a mine and had existing procurement and logistics systems in place. Fraser Osborn scope was Engineering and Construction Management for:


  • Expansion of the existing oxide gold treatment plant from around 2 MTPA to 3.5 MTPA

  • Replacement of the existing leased diesel-fired Aggreko Power station and fuel storage with a 10.5 MW Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) owner operated power station and associated 5000 tonne HFO unloading, heating and storage facility 

  • The project required around 9000 cubic metres of concrete

  • While Fraser Osborn managed the project over 550,000 man hours had been worked without a recordable injury

Mt Moss Mine


The mine at Mt Moss mines predominantly iron ore however there is also a copper and zinc deposit.  The work carried out by Fraser Osborn to date has been for the iron ore beneficiation plant which has included a 3 stage crushing plant, grinding mills and both dry and wet beneficiation plants.  The iron ore is magnetite and is sold as lump, fines or as metallurgical magnetite for use in coal prep plants. 


The scope of work has included a 3 stage crushing plant, dry beneficiation using magnetic separators and this section has included conveyor systems feeding the magnetic separators and then conveyor systems conveying both product and waste away from the area and into various stockpiles. The wet beneficiation plant is fed from a stockpile and consists of cyclones, screens, spirals and jigs to remove the fine non-magnetic particles. 


The plant currently produces approximately 2,000,000 TPA of iron ore and some 500,000 TPA of “weight coat” material used for coating under-sea pipelines.


Fraser-Lever Pty Ltd - 2020

973 Fairfield Road, Yeerongpilly, Brisbane, QLD