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:: Roche (MT) on the move with Bemax

Roche Mining (MT) was recently awarded a $29 million contract from Bemax Resources NL to undertake the design and construction of their new Gingko floating concentrator in New South Wales.

Tom Lawson, Roche (MT) Operations Manager, said the project involves Roche (MT) relocating existing components from Bemaxís Jangardup floating concentrator and refurbishing them for incorporation into a redesigned concentrator to be reassembled in a new pond at the Gingko mine site.

"The Gingko project, 140 km north of Mildura in New South Wales, will be the first mineral sands project in the world to be fitted with Roche (MT)ís newly launched HC1 high capacity spiral technology," said Mr Lawson.

"The new technology allows twice the plant capacity for the same plant footprint, and will minimise the number of processing stages resulting in greater plant efficiency - a performance we have guaranteed," he said.

The contract for the design and construction of the Gingko floating concentrator follows Roche (MT)ís five-year involvement with Bemax on the project, involved in various preliminary stages including pre feasibility and feasibility studies, and most recently completing the Definitive Engineering Design Phase (DEDP) in conjunction with Roche Mining (JR).

"Roche (MT) staff have completed the dismantling work in preparation for the transcontinental journey from the Marron site in Western Australia to the new Gingko site," said Mr Lawson.

"The 112 new HC1 high capacity spirals are being manufactured at Roche (MT)ís Carrara facility on the Gold Coast, ready for dispatch in August this year," he said.

"Bemax has also commenced work on site including construction of the mine pit, tailings and water storage dam and overburden storage areas," he said.

Site assembly of the wet concentrator plant is scheduled to commence in July 2005 with commissioning in December.

Following the completion of the design and construct project, Roche (MT)ís technical staff will conduct training with the local Bemax operators to ensure a smooth transition following the commissioning of the plant.




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