Engineering firm Fluor is to manage development of a 12 million-tonne-per-annum bauxite mine in the Boké region of Guinea, following the award of a US$700 million contract by Guinea Alumina Corporation.
The project will include construction of a dedicated export terminal in Port Kamsar as well as rail and infrastructure upgrades that are expected to drive significant breakbulk demand in the region.
“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,” said Rick Koumouris, president of Fluor Mining & Metals.
Fluor will work on the next phase of development with logistics firm GAC, a subsidiary of Emirates Global Aluminum which owns the mine. Production is scheduled to begin in 2018.
“Guinea Alumina Corp., a key investment for Emirates Global Aluminum, will drive significant local growth within Guinea and secure Emirates Global Aluminum’s position upstream in the aluminum chain. We look forward to our continued relationship with Fluor to ensure further cost optimization and ultimately a safe and successful project,” said Abdulla Kalban, CEO of Emirates Global Aluminum.
Photo: The Bauxite mine will produce 12 million tonne per annum. Credit: Wikimedia