Amec Foster Wheeler announced it has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) contract by Anagold Madencilik for the Çöpler sulfide expansion project to expand and extend the life of the Çöpler gold mine in the Çöpler District, Erzincan Province, Turkey.

Amec Foster Wheeler’s scope of work will include detailed engineering, procurement, construction management services and support during commissioning and performance testing. The Çöpler sulfide expansion project is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2018 and will commence production the third quarter of 2018.

This award follows Amec Foster Wheeler’s prior completion of basic engineering and procurement activities.

“The award of this contract confirms our capability and experience in delivering world-class gold projects, and demonstrates our ability to combine our technical expertise from across the globe with our significant in-country presence,” said Roberto Penno, group president of Amec Foster Wheeler’s Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe business. “We look forward to continuing our growing partnership with Anagold Madencilik on this important project for the Turkish mining industry.”

The expansion project will allow the facility to process 5,000 metric tons per day of sulfide ore, in addition to the existing heap leach processing of oxide ore, and will extend the life-of-mine to more than more than 20 years, with remaining gold production of 4 million ounces.