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AMEC completes the first major greenfield project in DRC

AMEC completes the first major greenfield project in DRC

Location:Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of Congo
Client:Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc
Scope:Engineering, procurement and construction management
Date:2005 - 2009

The Tenke Fungurume Project, completed in 2009, was the first major greenfield project in a rapidly stabilising Democratic Republic of Congo. Early in 2007, AMEC was awarded the engineering, procurement and construction management contract by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. after its acquisition of Phelps Dodge Corporation, for the landmark Tenke Fungurume Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

AMEC completed the engineering, procurement and construction management for the processing facilities and associated infrastructure to process 2.9 Mt/a ore and produce 115,000 t/a copper cathode and 10,000 t/a cobalt in mix hydroxide. This followed AMEC’s appointment to commence the detailed design phase of the project in mid 2006.

The appointment was also recognition of a strong performance on the feasibility study phase in 2005 through to 2006. The project was commissioned in the first half of 2009, with the first shipment of copper occurring in April 2009.