HUDSON RESOURCES INC. is pleased to provide an update on engineering and construction activities at the company’s White Mountain Anorthosite project in western Greenland. So far this year, activities have focused on completing the civil works in the field, finalizing detailed engineering, and the procurement of all of the major project components for the process plant and infrastructure.
With respect to civil works, RTS Greenland A/S, is currently finishing the drill and blast operations to prepare for foundations for the process plant, product storage building and ancillary infrastructure.
Civil works will continue through to the fall to support the project infrastructure. Concrete foundation work will commence shortly upon finalization of an agreement with a contractor. Building erection and mechanical installation are planned to commence in the fall.
With regard to engineering, CWA Engineers Inc. have completed all but a few remaining detailed engineering drawings. Hudson has also engaged Ramboll Group A/S and Automatic Syd A/S, both out of Denmark, for the electrical engineering and motor control center (MCC) facilities.
Major on site accomplishments so far this year include:
- Completion of a new access road from the port;
- Completion of blasting for the warehouse, which is a 90m by 45m building for storing 30,000 tonnes of final product;
- Completion of the access roads for the bollards at the dock;
- Completion of the process plant site which is a 40m by 40m pad;
- Preparation of the site for the accommodation complex; and
- Receipt of materials for preparation of the concrete foundation work.
“We are very pleased to be undertaking these activities on site as we advance the project towards commercial production,” commented James Tuer, Hudson’s president. “This next phase in our company’s history is to transform from explorer to producer and bring a unique resource to market. We believe this will generate a number of exciting new business lines for the company including supplying feed product to the E-Glass fiberglass market, the paints and coatings business and the alumina industry.”
“Construction activities are proceeding well; however, a late revision in the process plant design will result in the delayed delivery of some of the conveyors. This, along with a few other delays, will push our ambitious goal of commissioning the plant by late 2017 to the middle of next year when we expect to commence shipping product. In the meantime, potential customers continue to test our anorthosite for E-Glass and coatings applications with positive results and Hudson is working towards additional off-take agreements.”
Procurement of all major project components is now complete. The following have now been purchased and are expected to be ready for shipment over the next couple of months:
- Product storage building and Process building (Norsteel Buildings);
- Truck maintenance building (Vertical Building Structures);
- Maxtrak 1000 SR Mobile cone crusher to feed the plant (Powerscreen);
- Two High Pressure Grinding Rolls installed in the plant (Weir Minerals);
- Six high intensity magnetic separators (Eriez Manufacturing);
- Three coarse and two quad deck fine screens for sorting product (Derrick Corporation);
- Twenty-three process conveyors (Continental Conveyor – a number of which will be delayed)
- 1,200 stph shiploader and conveying system from the warehouse (Thor Global);
- Five 100,000 litre fuel tanks for the fuel farm (CGH Nordic);
- Used 44 bed accommodation complex (subject to Greenland government approval);
- Various mobile equipment including a 35-tonne and two 90-tonne cranes, Telehandler, 30-tonne excavator, trucks and concrete batch plant; and
- The 300’ by 100’ barge that will deliver a significant portion of the equipment sourced in North America and then be moored as the floating wharf this fall.
Hudson owns 100 percent of the White Mountain project. The company was granted a 50-year mining license in 2016, and the deposit has resources defined for more than 100 years of production. Hudson will provide photos of the construction progress on a regular basis on its website.