Orders for all long lead mechanical equipment were placed and sea freighting commenced. All earthmoving equipment was delivered to site along with a 120 ton lattice boom crane during Q4 2012. Baraka and Kavumu transit facilities were fully upgraded to better facilitate the inflow of equipment and materials.
Four local construction companies were mobilized for resettlement construction. Resettlement housing construction began and is 75% complete with 72 houses of a total of 207 houses completed thus far. The remaining houses are in various stages of completion. The first 17 households have been resettled into their new houses. Water has been made available to the resettlement area, with installation of supply pipes from the Kibiswa River completed during the last two weeks of 2012. The resettlement process is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2013.
-- Access Roads
The main access road to Namoya from Uvira, which spans 420 km in length, is 92% complete. The section from Baraka to Namoya is practically complete with the mountain portion opened up and widened. Eight critical bridges were upgraded and culverts installed during 2012, increasing the logistics capacity of freighting materials and equipment to the Namoya site. Dedicated teams are still deployed on the Uvira-Baraka stretch of the road, which spans 120 km and is expected to be completed during Q2 2013. During this period maintenance work will also be performed on the Baraka-Namoya section, which spans 300 km in length.
Accommodation construction is 85% complete. In the operator's camp, the 5-person houses are completed and occupied by senior staff, while the 12-person dormitory units are 80% complete. The clinic and power supply plant have both been completed and commissioned. Water has been canalized to the operator's camp from the Kibiswa River, with supply pipes installation completed in the latter part of December 2012. Earthworks on the mine village are 90% complete and construction of the mine village is set to begin in the second quarter of 2013 and be completed by Q3 2013.
-- Metallurgical Plant Engineering Design & Earthworks
The engineering design is 98% complete while the earthworks design has been finalized. Earthworks to the plant site is 97% complete. Earthworks in the areas such as the primary crusher, the conveyor belt, the primary product stockpile, and the crushed product stockpile have been completed with civil works currently in progress. Remaining earthwork areas are limited to backfilling of the process plant area to the final terrace level. Construction drawings for the key plant structures have been completed and issued to site. The heap leach pad and ponds are expected to be completed within Q2 2013 at which time mine pit development will commence.
-- Plant Construction materials
Construction aggregate source has been secured; the crusher/washing/screening plant for providing aggregate to the required size as per specification has been installed and fully commissioned and production of aggregate is on-going.
-- Tailings Management Facility
The construction of the TMF access road is 100% complete and bush clearing of the TMF footprint has commenced. The design of the TMF is complete with all geotechnical work and construction drawings. The TMF will consist of an initial 620,000 cubic metres earth wall at a 12m height with a storage capacity of 2-years of tailings and is expected to be completed during Q2 2013.
-- Personnel resourcing