Engenium has received a contract from Amex to execute the first phase of the port washing and storage facility at Lautoka Port as part of the Amex Resources Mba Delta Ironsands Project in Fiji.

Under the deal, Engenium will be responsible for the detailed design and procurement for the port washing and storage facility.

The deal will also include writing scopes of work, drawings, specifications, contract documents, conducting tender evaluations and preparing recommendations for award.

Amex is currently reviewing the second phase of the project, which is scheduled to be awarded in two months and includes construction management.

Engenium general manager of resources Glenn Bigland said the company was appointed to work on the Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) under the Amex Resources Mba Delta Ironsands Project in October 2011.

"The BFS was completed at the end of June 2012 and we were pretty confident that the project was in a good position to continue onto the next stage," Bigland said.

The project, located at the Ba River on the north-west coast of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu, spreads across an area of 132km².

Covering an area of 15km long and 4km wide, the coarse magnetite-bearing sand is estimated to contain 220 million tonnes of magnetite concentrate.

As part of the plan, the magnetite concentrate will be transported through barges along the 30km Ba Roads shipping lane to Amex’s port facility at Lautoka where it will be unloaded, washed in fresh water to remove sea salt content and then stockpiled in an enclosed concentrate storage facility.