Aveng Grinaker-LTA’s Mechanical & Electrical Engineering division, working in partnership with Aveng Botswana, was selected as the preferred Electrical and Instrumentation (E&I) contractor for the Letlhakane Mine Tailings Resource Treatment Plant project. The scope of work includes the supply and installation of electrical and instrumentation equipment at the Debswana mine. The contract will take nine months to complete.
“We were up against some fierce competition and being awarded this contract was a great achievement. Aveng Grinaker-LTA, together with Aveng Botswana, has the expertise and the capability to successfully execute this project to the highest standard and in accordance with client specifications,” says Shawn Shanahan, Operations Manager for Aveng Grinaker-LTA.
The Electrical and Instrumentation contract commenced on 25 September 2015 and is expected to complete by December 2016, during which time it will provide 174 employment opportunities to local community members as electricians, boiler makers and labourers. Aveng Grinaker-LTA through various skills development programmes is upskilling local labour and will leave a legacy behind in the local community in the form of improved skills and work experience.
“The project ties in with our strategy to grow our business across Africa where Aveng Grinaker-LTA aims to secure more projects over the next few years,” says Shanahan.
Aveng Grinaker-LTA has a long-standing relationship with the Debswana Diamond Mining Company, established in 1993, and has worked on several projects on its Orapa and Jwaneng mines over the last 22 years.
“We are proud to be part of Debswana’s contribution to the economic growth of Botswana, which over the years has transformed from being Africa’s least developed country to an international development success story, mainly through the responsible development of the country’s diamond mines,” concludes Shanahan.
The Letlhakane Mine is situated approximately 220km east of Francistown and is the deepest of Debswana’s mines. Letlhakane means “little reeds”. The mine is the second oldest of four diamond operations owned and operated by Debswana, a partnership between De Beers and the Government of the Republic of Botswana. Debswana Diamond Company is the largest non-government employer in the country. The country’s economy, once based on agriculture, now has one of the highest growth rates in the world.