Construction at the Warrawoona project, located in the Pilbara region, includes an access road, accommodation village, and communications and water supply. (Photo: Calidus Resources)

This week, Calidus Resources Ltd. started construction ahead of schedule at its Warrawoona gold project in Western Australia’s Pilbara. This construction activity will provide the base infrastructure, including an access road, accommodation village, communications and water supply in preparation for main project construction activities to commence in the first quarter of 2021.

The company has also issued preferred tenderer status to the mining and process plant EPC contractors to allow finalization of major contracts as part of the ongoing feasibility study, which should be completed this month.

“The commencement of construction activities at Warrawoona is a major milestone for Calidus,” Calidus Managing Director Dave Reeves said.

He added that the preferred tenderers for the two largest value contracts have also been selected. The open-pit preferred tenderer is Macmahon and the EPC process plant preferred tenderer is GR Engineering.

“Both of these companies have exceptional track records in the gold mining industry and we look forward to our journey together in building Warrawoona into a cash generative gold miner in the not too distant future,” Reeves said.

The initial construction activities include a 7-kilometer (km)-long access road to a 240-room village and process plant, the installation of communications by Telstra and drilling dewatering wells. Awarding the preferred contractors also allows Calidus to facilitate Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) and place orders for the long lead items, the company said.