Amec Foster Wheeler has been awarded a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) contract by Berkeley Energia for its uranium processing plant at its Salamanca project, in western Spain. The scope of work by Amec Foster Wheeler will include engineering and procurement services to determine the capital cost of the front end crushing plant, as well as detailed engineering of the plant in preparation for the construction phase.

The contract will be executed by Amec Foster Wheeler’s South African mining company MDM Engineering. Amec Foster Wheeler previously carried out the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) phase for the project during which a smart design approach was adopted that will enable significantly reduced capital costs.

“The award of this contract is testament to our strong performance during the DFS phase, which has resulted in us identifying a number of design efficiencies for the Salamanca facility,” said Dave Lawson, Amec Foster Wheeler president for mining. “We will leverage our extensive experience in delivering large scale uranium projects and apply our significant heap leach processing expertise to this next important phase of the project.”