Fosterville Paste Backfill Plant

Scope of Work

GR Engineering was appointed by Kirkland Lake Gold (KLG) to undertake the engineering, design, procurement, construction and commissioning of a 65m3/h paste plant at the Fosterville Gold Mine.

The scope of work comprises the design, supply, fabrication, installation, commissioning and handover of all works necessary to provide a paste plant including works at the existing Fosterville processing facility along with works at a new paste plant location. 

Works will include but not be limited to:

  • Design of the paste distribution system for the first four levels of underground operations, including the two main bore holes;
  • A new tails hopper and pumping system at the Processing Plant that receives slurry from a modification (internal launder) to the existing Tails Hopper 303-TK04;
  • Overland pipelines for the delivery of tailings and return of thickener overflow water, filtrate water and clean-up water between the process and paste plant sites;
  • Design and installation of the required concrete works using free issued concrete from the Company’s supplied on site batch plant;
  • Structural steel, stairs, grating and handrail supply, surface treatment and erection;
  • Plate work supply, surface treatment and installation;
  • Procurement and installation of all the required Paste Plant equipment including housing in fully enclosed acoustic buildings to minimise noise impact;
  • Piping supply including valves and instruments, surface treatment and installation;
  • Electrical and control system supply and installation;
  • Commissioning and vendor attendance at commissioning;
  • Performance testing of the Paste Plant;
  • The design package shall allow for the installation of a dry tailings addition system at a future date.

GR Engineering are scheduled to complete the project in September 2019.


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  • Client Kirkland Lake Gold (ASX:KLG)
  • Award Date August 2018
  • Completion Date September 2019 (scheduled)
  • Location 27km East of Bendigo - Fosterville Gold Mine
  • Project Manager Peter Yates
  • Process Manager Bill Gosling
  • Project Type Greenfields EPC design and construct