The Nolans Project is continuing to develop, and Arafura encourages potential suppliers, contractors, and service providers to follow and engage with the Project.

In August 2021 the Project entered its next phase with the award of an EP (Engineering and Procurement) contract to Hatch. This award will see front end engineering design (FEED) works for the hydrometallurgical plant completed over the next nine months. The result of this work will be a fixed price Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for the hydrometallurgical plant which will be tendered. The final tenderer price will assist the Company in making a Final Investment Decision in the second half of 2022.

In parallel to these FEED works Arafura will continue to:

  • Scope the Beneficiation Plant and Sulphuric Acid Plant which will be tendered as fixed price Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts concurrently with the hydrometallurgical plant EPC tender.

  • Develop the process control system for the project process plant (benefication plant, hydrometallurgy and sulphuric acid plant).

  • Ensure all early works construction is ready for tendering concurrently with the hydrometallurgical plant EPC tender. Early works packages include but are not limited to communications, borefield development, bulk earthworks (including access roads), village installation, fuel storage and distribution infrastructure.

  • Develop service contracts to enable establishment of Build Own Operate (BOO) power station, concrete batch plant, waste management and wastewater systems, etc.

  • Village Operator/Operations - after systems and before etc.

  • Develop other main non-process infrastructure (NPI) construction contracts to support the construction of the Project.

Early works are forecast for commencement Q3 2022, with construction to be complete by the end of 2024.

To register interest in any of these packages, and for continued updates on progress, suppliers, contractors, and other service providers are encouraged to utilise the Project’s ICN Gateway page.