Press releases

MDM Engineering awarded full EPCM contract for First Uranium’s Mine Waste Solution’s uranium and gold plants

31 January 2008

Johannesburg, 31 January 2008: MDM Engineering Limited announced today that the company has received the notice of award for the first phase of the Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management (EPCM) contract for the construction of uranium and gold metallurgical plants and associated infrastructure for First Uranium Corporation, at its Mine Waste Solutions (MWS) tailings recovery project. MWS is a wholly owned subsidiary of First Uranium, and Simmer and Jack Mines Limited owns a 62.4% stake in First Uranium. MWS is located at Stilfontein some 160km from Johannesburg in the western portion of the Witwatersrand Basin.

MDM Engineering will construct the uranium and gold plants and associated infrastructure at MWS as outlined below.

  • The gold plant currently processes up to 633,000 tonnes of tailings per month. The construction project is expected to add 650,000 tonnes per month to the gold plant’s current capacity by November 2008 and an additional 650,000 tonnes per month of processing capacity by November 2009, for a total designed capacity of 1.933 million tonnes of tailings per month.
  • The first two modules of the MWS uranium plant, with a capacity to process 128,000 tonnes of tailings from flotation recovery, are expected to be completed in November 2008. The third module of the uranium plant is expected to add capacity to process an additional 65,000 tonnes per month in November 2009 for a total designed capacity of 193,000 tonnes per month.

The contract is valued at some US$200 million. The notice of award was given on 17 January 2008, and MDM Engineering established its site by 20 January 2008 and started bulk earthworks by the end of January.

The award of the MWS project follows on the work done at First Uranium’s underground uranium and gold Ezulwini Mine, one of the first uranium plants to be built in South Africa in almost 25 years, and reinforces the successful working partnership between MDM Engineering and First Uranium.

MDM Engineering CEO George Bennett said, “Uranium remains a key commodity in the global resources market and we are excited to be involved in expanding uranium production in South Africa. Our ability to deliver projects for our clients on time and on budget was a key factor in this award.”

MDM Engineering is currently involved in various projects totalling some US$400 million and the company is considering a listing on an international exchange later in the year.


George Bennett
Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +27 11 886 7980

Note to editors

MDM Engineering Limited (MDM Engineering) is a BVI registered, mining and metallurgical engineering company which was established in February 2006. The company has an enterprise value of some US$12 million and US$3.5 million in working capital and is currently negotiating to become a member of the Amari Holdings Limited Group, a resource investment company with a balance sheet in excess of US$100 million. MDM Engineering has a team with 18 years of operational experience. The company was formed by George Bennett (now Chief Executive of MDM Engineering) and Mike Nunn (now a non-executive director of MDM Engineering) who purchased the intellectual capital and data from MDM (Pty) Ltd and employed key staff from MDM Ferroman (Pty) Ltd, after the latter company had been placed in provisional liquidation.

Register for alerts

  • E-mail:
  • Remove me