AFRY wins an EPCM contract to take the Araguaia ferronickel project, owned by Horizonte Minerals, to the next level. Above, the pilot processing plant at Araguaia. (Photo: Horizonte Minerals)

Araguaia Niquel Metais Ltda. awarded AFRY the engineering, procurement and construction management contract for its Araguaia ferronickel project in Brazil.

The miner and supplier worked together during the project execution planning phase, said Horizonte Minerals, parent company for Araguaia Niquel Metais. “Araguaia will be delivered as part of an EPCM strategy with an integrated team comprised of AFRY EPCM and the Horizonte owner’s team,” CEO Jeremy Martin said.

The contract spans a range of services, including engineering, procurement, construction management, project management and commissioning. Horizonte’s owner’s team will work closely with AFRY’s project team, including process technology and engineering experts, AFRY said.

The planned open-pit mine will transport nickel-ore to a central processing plant. The project will initially produce 14,500 metric tons (mt) of nickel per year, possibly increasing to 29,000 mt of nickel per year. The product is high-grade ferronickel to supply the stainless-steel market, AFRY said.