Fluor prepared the feasibility study and built the greenfield gold/copper mine and its infrastructure, including a 115-kilometer water supply pipeline and an all-weather road between Cloncurry and the mine.
The mine was designed to extract nine million tons of ore per annum from its open-pit operation. From this, 350,000 tons of concentrate would be produced and trucked to Mount Isa for smelting where it would yield 95,000 tons of copper and 120,000 ounces of gold.
The first major challenge was to achieve a reliable and efficient plant design for the optimum economic outlay. The second was to execute an aggressive design and construction schedule, while maintaining high standards in quality and safety.