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Wafi Golpu Operations Centre

Wafi Golpu Mine Joint Venture is seeking to develop an 8ha site to centralise their Geology Centre and Wafi Project Offices at 9 Mile, Lae, Papua New Guinea.

This centralised facility consists of 4 2,400 m2 sheds containing core processing and storage capacity, a central analytical service and environmental laboratory facility buildings, with a further 9 steel framed buildings to accommodate offices, training and other operations.

The site layout was found to be fairly exposed to overland flow breaking the banks of the existing natural and manmade channels which required particular attention to render the proposed site as flood free and accessible in all reasonable events.

Burchills were engaged to deliver the following services to this remote development;

  • Assessment of flooding regime and flood mitigation measures;
  • Civil Engineering for the external culvert upgrades, internal site earthworks, pavements and stormwater drainage systems; and
  • Structural solutions for the steel framed buildings and associated footings and slabs over very compressible soil conditions.