Civil engineering construction company M3 Construction Projects is making major in-roads into the mining sector and is here to stay, thanks to the imminent completion and success of its contract with Basil Read Matomo for the Barberton Tailings Reclamation Plant (BTRP) project, writes Laura Cornish.

“In March 2012, we were awarded the contract to complete all terracing (earthworks) and structural concrete work for Pan African ResourcesBTRP project in Barberton,” says M3 Construction director Terry Darlow.

The Level 4 BEE-compliant company moved onto site and completed the majority of its contract in October. Amendments to the thickener and brick office building will see the company conclude its contract in January 2013.

“We have developed a close working relationship with EPC contractor Basil Read Matomo, having worked with them on Pan African’s previous tailings reclamation plant, Phoenix, as well as the Two Rivers tailings plant currently in development stage where we have a similar contract to BTRP,” Darlow continues. M3 Construction, a member of the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC), is due to complete its contract at Two Rivers in April 2013.

At peak contract phase, M3 Construction had 11 dedicated senior personnel working on the BTRP project together with 70 general skilled labourers. “We experienced no project delays and remain ahead of schedule.”

Darlow believes the company has a significant competitive edge in the mining industry, which currently constitutes about 80% of its business. “Our management team is hands-on. I always visit my project sites at least once a week to ensure they stay on track and on are being delivered to the client’s specifications.”

While the majority of M3 Construction’s work is in South Africa, its immediate focus is to acquire work throughout the rest of Africa. The imminent contract award for a gold project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will see this strategic goal move in the right direction.