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Million Ounce Plant Upgrade (MOPU)

Newcrest Gold - Lihir Island Papua New Guinea

Project Execution Period

April 2011 – December 2012

Project Description

Lihir Island is located approximately 700 kilometres north-east of the PNG capital of Port Moresby in the New Ireland Province. The mine is approximately 50 metres above sea level. The MOPU project duplicates and upgrades the majority of the existing process plant and associated ancillary facilities.

Contract Value

Approximately AUD$60 million

Scope of Work

Entailed the site wide coordination of electrical and instrumentation (E&I) construction activities, including the interim power station, primary crushers, conveyors, ore stockpile, oxygen plant, autoclave, pebble crusher, ore reclaim, grinding and classification, steam plant, seawater pumps and other related facilities to increase the overall production capacity of the mine processing plant.

The works included:

  • Mobilisation to site of personnel, plant, facilities and equipment
  • Temporary works
  • Supply and installation of electrical, instrumentation and communication services including testing, commissioning and instrument calibration.
Highlights & Achievements
  • Installed in excess of 300,000 metres of cabling.
  • >1,400 instruments
  • >7,000 test sheets
  • Peak labour force of 245
  • 500,000 man hours Lost Time Injury (LTI) free