Australian Gold Reagents secures funding for sodium cyanide plant expansion

Sodium cyanide supplier Australian Gold Reagents (AGR) has received board approval for the next stage funding to progress plans to expand the capacity of its sodium cyanide plant in Western Australia. 

The plant expansion will increase production capacity by about 28,000 tonnes per year from the existing production to more than 90,000 tonnes per year. 

AGR says the first sodium cyanide production from the expanded plant is expected to be in late 2025, with additional capacity coming online through to 2027. 

General Manager Barney Jones says the funding approval enables engineering and the ordering of long lead items to progress, in anticipation of a final investment decision towards the end of this year. 

“This project milestone is another step forward for our high-calibre team, who are moving through the necessary engineering studies and regulatory approval procedures,” he says. 

“The expansion will consolidate AGR’s position as a high-quality, reliable supplier with a strong commitment to innovation, safety, and the environment.”

While further work is ongoing, the expansion is anticipated to improve the company’s sustainability credentials. 

AGR says this will be achieved through improved efficiency, reduced risks, increased water recycling, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. 

The company is focused on supporting Western Australia’s gold industry by providing a reliable, quality supply of solution and solid sodium cyanide for the extraction of gold from ore. 

AGR is the management company of CSBP’s sodium cyanide manufacturing joint venture (JV) with Coogee Chemicals. CSBP, which has a 75% stake in the JV, is part of Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers.

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