Vega Australia have been awarded a contract to supply radiation based level and density systems to the Ramu Nickel Project. The Ramu Nickel project is a mining project, planned to treat laterite ore to produce nickel and cobalt as a high grade intermediate product. The mine is located on the north coast of Papua New Guinea.
The Ramu Nickel project is expected to extract approximately 33,000 tons of nickel and 3,200 tons of cobalt during its mine life. The project, located in the Madang Province, consists of a total of three autoclaves measuring a length of 38m, a diameter of 5.35m, and a total weight of 780 tons. The autoclave will digest nickel and cobalt from laterine mud transported by a pipeline from the Kurumbukari mine site. The ore slurry will be pumped through a 134km pipeline to a high pressure acid leach processing facility at Basamuk Bay on the Rai Coast and then exported for smelting and refining to produce the refined nickel and cobalt product.
Vega will be supplying the radiation-based continuous level detectors, vapour compensation density detectors, radiation sources and services for the Ramu project.