Following on the announcement that the Asanko Gold Mine in Ghana is preparing for hot commissioning in December 2015, engineering firm DRA Global would like to thank Asanko Gold Inc. for the opportunity to be involved in this significant mining project in West Africa.
DRA was awarded the EPCM contract for the project, and has been working on the construction of the entire gold plant since August 2014. With construction due for completion by DRA a month ahead of schedule and on budget, Asanko expects to pour first gold in January 2016.
“We also thank our client, Asanko Gold Inc., for acknowledging DRA’s contribution to the project’s excellent safety record by working 3.8 million man hours with no lost time injury,” says DRA Director for Africa, Johann de Bruin. “DRA’s high safety standards have become a hallmark of our service to our clients,” he says.
Recent projects where DRA has achieved exceptional safety results on its EPCM contracts include the Booysendal Platinum Mine in South Africa, Kibali Gold Mine in the DRC and the mega-sized Mogalakwena Platinum Mine in South Africa. For these 3 projects, DRA worked a total of 30 million man hours without any lost time injury (LTI).
At the New Liberty Gold Mine in Liberia, DRA participated in a safety drive of a different kind, where it helped its client Aureus Mining to successfully protect all workers from the risk of Ebola infection during the height of the 2014/2015 Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
The DRA Group (DRA) is a diversified global engineering group that delivers engineering services from concept to commissioning, comprising feasibility studies, design, construction, project management, operations and maintenance services for all mining, minerals processing and civil infrastructure services as well as the energy, water and agriculture sectors.
Started in 1984, DRA is a private company owned by its employees. It has evolved from a local design and construction management company to a global organization with expertise in a diverse range of engineering services. DRA provides highly flexible services, meeting the needs of multinational mining companies and investors, as well as junior and emerging producers. Its expertise covers a wide range of commodities including gold, platinum, coal, ferrous metals, diamonds, uranium, base metals, potash and rare earths.
DRA’s services include design and construction management of surface and underground mining projects, and associated infrastructure projects such as the design and build of ports, roads, bridges, power plants and accommodation. Project sizes range from small to large and include modular, EPC and EPCM, mine scheduling & planning and winder services.
DRA has offices in nine African countries as well as in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, India and the USA. DRA’s headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa provide engineering support to its operations across Africa and around the world. DRA Taggart has offices in Toronto, Canada and Pittsburgh, USA to support its operations in North and South America. DRA Pacific is based in Australia, with offices in Perth and Brisbane, which support regional projects as well as projects in the Pacific Rim, Asia, India and China.
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