US firm Fluor Corporation has won an engineering and program management consultancy contract for a major bauxite mine, rail and port project in the Boke region of Guinea, Africa.
The Texas-based engineer, which does business in Australia, said on February 6 it had booked the roughly US$700 million deal with Guinea Alumina Corporation.
Fluor will manage the development of a 12mtpa bauxite mine, a dedicated export terminal in Port Kamsar and rail and other infrastructure upgrades.
The mine is scheduled to begin production in 2018.
It will supply high-quality raw materials for alumina production facilities around the globe.
Fluor conducted the feasibility study for the project in the second quarter of 2016.
Guinea Alumina Corporation is part of Emirates Global Aluminium, a joint venture of the Mubadala Development Company, owned by the Abu Dhabi Government, and the Investment Corporation of Dubai, owned by the Dubai Government.
“Fluor has worked with GAC since the preliminary phase of the project to develop a customized, capital-efficient design to meet the company’s unique business objectives,” Fluor mining and metals boss Rick Koumouris said.
“We will leverage our global expertise in marine structures, port terminals and mineral processing along with our experience in Guinea to deliver innovative design and project execution solutions that improve capital efficiency.”