In October 2012, we were awarded the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for the Husab project, as part of the Husab Project Joint Venture (HPJV) with Tenova Bateman. The HPJV is a 50/50 JV. Amec Foster Wheeler has a specific focus on project management and engineering, while the JV partner has a focus on procurement and construction. The JV has been established using the Amec Foster Wheeler systems and procedures.
The contract follows Amec Foster Wheeler Africa’s completion of the definitive feasibility study in April 2011. Prior to this phase, Amec Foster Wheeler Perth conducted an Engineering Cost Study for the project.
Husab is the largest/highest grade, granite hosted uranium deposit in Namibia, Husab is also the third largest uranium deposit in the world, with the potential to produce 15 million pounds per annum of uranium oxide - more than the total current uranium production of Namibia.
The project lies within the Namib Naukluft National Park and therefore has stringent environmental requirements that the project enforces. The following are key facts about the project:
- The Husab mine is being developed as a low-risk, conventional, large-scale load-and-haul open pit mine, feeding ore to a conventional agitated acid leach process plant
- Ore feed rate of 15 million tonnes per annum over the life of mine (> 20 years) with an approximate average stripping ratio of 6.2:1
- Produce 15 million pounds yellowcake per annum, sold on the uranium market as U3O8
- 4,600,000 m³ excavation
- 133,000 m³ concrete
- 11 600 tonnes structural steel
- 37 hectare contractor camp with 4,000 beds