Modern Mining

ASX-listed Prospect Resources has appointed global engineering firm DRA to provide engineering services and upfront design for its flagship Arcadia lithium project, located 38 km east of Harare, Zimbabwe.

Arcadia represents a globally significant hard rock lithium resource and is rapidly being developed by Prospect’s experienced team. The 1,2 Mt/a process plant will produce saleable lithium concentrate of both spodumene and petalite.

“We believe that DRA is the perfect partner for Prospect to align with on the Arcadia lithium project. Their broad capabilities, 15-year track record in gold, platinum, diamonds and lithium in Zimbabwe and team of highly skilled engineers and designers provide an invaluable service offering to Prospect Resources Limited,” said Harry Greaves, Executive Director of Prospect Resources.

The project begins with engineering planning, design and scope clarification which will culminate in a baseline document for the project. Certain long lead time items have been ordered with additional equipment orders due to be issued imminently. Site preparations have commenced including land clearing in preparation for the pre-stripping to get under way and for the tailings dam to be built.

Paul Howard, Senior Vice President Origination (EMEA) of DRA, said, “Our historical relationship with Prospect’s management team makes DRA a logical fit for the Arcadia lithium project and one which we are excited to be a part of. It is DRA’s future expectation to assist in battery mineral projects, which will help develop sustainable battery powered transport solutions and contribute to a greener environment. This will be particularly positive when it comes to the reduction of greenhouse gases.”

The engineering and design portion of the project is valued at approximately R5,3 million. The entire project is expected to be completed and in production by the second quarter of 2019.  

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