The site is located 300 km north of Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek in the western part of southern Africa. Namibia has a long history of mining and currently the industry provides 25% of Namibia’s revenue making it the single most important contributor to the economy.
In 2013 B2Gold announced the commercial development of the Otjikoto project and awarded Lycopodium the EP (engineering & procurement) contract with a design scope for the complete process plant design plus plant infrastructure (administration and mine services buildings, sewage, water and power distribution).
The process flowsheet encompassed primary crushing, milling, a gravity circuit which takes 100% of the process flow, pebble return circuit with provision for future crushing, leaching, CIP (carbon-in-pulp) and then a standard desorption and electrowinning circuit before smelting.
Lycopodium completed design and procurement activities and provided onsite support to the construction and commissioning teams.