Industrial Civil Works Contract Award at the Araguaia Nickel Project
LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / August 9, 2022 / Horizonte Minerals Plc (AIM:HZM)(TSX:HZM), the nickel development company with assets in Brazil, is pleased to announce that it has awarded the industrial civil works contract for the construction of its 100%-owned Araguaia Nickel Project ("Araguaia" or the "Project") to Companhia Paranaense de Construção S.A. ("Copa").
Copa is a leading Brazilian construction company with extensive experience in mining projects and civil infrastructure. It was also awarded the earthworks services contract at the Project earlier this year (see announcement dated 11 May 2022). Copa has demonstrated a safe and reliable operating performance at the Project to date, with a track record of creating employment opportunities for local community members. All its contracted services have been delivered ahead of schedule. Copa's track record is complemented by its extensive experience in delivering civil construction projects for several large mining and industrial clients across Brazil. These projects range from roads, viaducts, hydroelectric power plants, ports, dam's and industrial plants. In total the company has installed a portfolio of more than 2.5 billion cubic meters of concrete throughout Brazil and all with the requisite quality management certification.
The award of the industrial civil works contract is another important step in the construction of Araguaia. The scope of the contract incorporates the supply and installation of the process plant foundations and related civil works for the supporting infrastructure. The contract scope has been designed to leverage Copa's reduced mobilisation requirements and familiarity with the Project. This will assist to accelerate the installation of the foundations for the furnace allowing commencement of furnace shell installation during Q4 2022.
The civils package will also see Copa undertaking the installation of all engineered and concrete structures for the processing facility, including piling, structural foundations, concrete slabs, and bolted connections to enable process equipment to be directly installed.
A full progress update on Araguaia will be provided in September.
Jeremy Martin, CEO of Horizonte, commented:
"The extension of our relationship with Copa, as a partner in the development of Araguaia, is another key milestone in the Project's construction schedule. With Copa's strong track record of successfully delivering infrastructure and mining projects across Brazil, as well as the safe and effective delivery of our earthworks contract at Araguaia, the award of this contract enables us to continue Araguaia's progress with confidence."
For further information, visitwww.horizonteminerals.com or contact:
Horizonte Minerals plc
Jeremy Martin (CEO)
+44 (0) 203 356 2901
Peel Hunt LLP (Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker)
+44 (0)20 7418 8900
BMO (Joint Broker)
Pascal Lussier Duquette
+44 (0) 20 7236 1010
Tavistock (Financial PR)
+44 (0) 20 7920 3150
About Horizonte Minerals:
Horizonte Minerals plc (AIM & TSX: HZM) is developing two 100%-owned, Tier 1 projects in Parà state, Brazil - the Araguaia Nickel Project and the Vermelho Nickel-Cobalt Project. Both projects are large scale, high-grade, low-cost, low-carbon and scalable. Araguaia is fully funded and in construction. The project will produce 29,000 tonnes of nickel per year to supply the stainless steel market. Vermelho is at feasibility study stage and will produce 25,000 tonnes of nickel and 1,250 tonnes of cobalt to supply the EV battery market. Horizonte's combined near-term production profile of over 50,000 tonnes of nickel per year positions the Company as a globally significant nickel producer. Horizonte is developing a new nickel district in Brazil that will benefit from established infrastructure, including hydroelectric power available in the Carajás Mining District.
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