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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Middle East & Asia: July 16th 2003


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:: WGI Heavy Minerals Signs Contracts with Engineering Firms to Build Process Plant in Andhra Pradesh

WGI Heavy Minerals has announced that it signed contracts with two engineering and equipment firms to build its heavy mineral processing plant in Andhra Pradesh, India. Roche Mining has been selected to engineer and build the pre-con (wet process) plant. Eriez Magnetics has been chosen to engineer and build the finished product (dry mill) plant. WGI expects the new facility - which will produce garnet, ilmenite, rutile, and zircon - to begin commercial production in the first quarter of 2004.

"These contract awards represent the next step in the development of the abundant mineral resources we have in Andhra Pradesh," said Lindsay Gorrill, President and CEO of WGI Heavy Minerals. "With these contracts, the process plant remains on schedule and within budget."

Roche Mining is a leading supplier of services to the mining and mineral processing industries. Roche provides comprehensive engineering and infrastructure management services in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, Hong Kong, and the Pacific.

Eriez Magnetics designs, manufactures, and markets magnetic separation, metal detection, and materials feeding, screening, conveying, and controlling equipment for process and metalworking industries.

WGI Heavy Minerals Incorporated is a fully integrated miner, producer, and marketer of industrial-grade minerals. The company's operations include garnet mining and processing facilities in Idaho, U.S. (Emerald Creek Garnet), and Tamil Nadu, India (Bengal Bay Garnet). WGI has total proven reserves of 2.4 million tonnes of garnet and 650,000 tonnes of ilmenite. The company also has additional resources, including 3.1 million tonnes of garnet and 1.7 million tonnes of ilmenite and inferred resources of 5.3 million tons of garnet and 2.8 million tonnes of ilmenite.




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