African Minerals Picks Aconex for Tonkolili Iron Ore Mining Project
Aconex to Help Manage Project Information Among Multiple Stakeholders
PEPEL, SIERRA LEONE -- (Marketwired) -- 07/09/13 -- Aconex, provider
of the world's most widely used project collaboration solutions for
the mining, construction, infrastructure, power, and oil and gas
industries, has been engaged by African Minerals Limited (AML) to
support rail, port and urban infrastructure development for the
Pepel35 expansion of the Tonkolili Iron Ore Mining Project in Sierra
Leone. AML and its team of contractors will use the Aconex Online
Collaboration Platform to manage documents, drawings, correspondence,
and other project information, as well as workflows for process
control and audit records.
AML operates the Tonkolili project, with a Joint Ore Reserves
Committee (JORC)-compliant resource of 12.8 billion net tonnage. The
project has a mine life of 60-plus years and is being developed in
phased expansions. Phase I operations are expected to produce 20
million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of iron ore, and AML plans to reach
this target in the second quarter of 2013. The next phase of
development, targeting up to 35Mtpa of 64% high-grade hematite
concentrate, will include expansion of AML's existing port facilities
at Pepel and rail network. The expansion, named Pepel35, is expected
to begin later this year, with iron ore production increasing in
"After a very successful Phase I infrastructure build-out, we have
decided to extend and enhance our relationship with Aconex," said
Gareth Burton, group head of IT at AML. "This will enable us to
coordinate the activities of a project team of more than 25
contractor organizations and keep stakeholders informed of our
progress from a secure, neutral platform. All system users on Pepel35
will follow uniform processes for communications, document sharing,
and review and approval tracking. The Aconex platform will improve
AML's overall control of the project, while allowing contractors to
retain ownership and control of their own information."
AML plans to use application programming interfaces (APIs) to
integrate the Aconex platform with its internal document management,
scheduling and costing systems, so that project-related data can be
transferred between them as required.
"Pepel35 is an important project win in the global mining sector for
us," said Herve Hamelin, general manager of Europe, Middle East and
Africa (EMEA) at Aconex. "The deal expands our presence in the
African market following significant traction in Latin America,
Canada and Australia. We look forward to supporting AML's success as
mine production increases and its supply chain grows."
Aconex provides the world's most widely used
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for managing information,
processes and people throughout the lifecycle of construction and
engineering projects across multiple industries. The Aconex suite of
solutions -- secure, neutral and centralized -- enables owners,
contractors and project managers to reduce the cost and risk inherent
in capital projects of all sizes and improve efficiency, productivity
and accountability for all project participants. Aconex has served
projects valued at more than US$800 billion, with over 430,000 users.
Clients include many of the largest global mining companies, nine of
the world's top ten engineering, procurement and construction
(EPC/EPCM) firms, 23 of the 25 largest global design firms, and
nearly all Fortune 500 construction and engineering firms. For more
information and examples of Aconex in action, see www.aconex.com.
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