Nautilus Minerals Incorporated

Nautilus Minerals Incorporated

About the project

Nautilus Minerals is the first company to commercially explore the seafloor for massive sulphide systems, a potential source of high grade copper, gold, zinc and silver. The company is developing a production system using existing technologies adapted from the offshore oil and gas industry to enable extraction on a commercial scale at its Solwara 1 Project in the Bismarck Sea.

The project has required sub-marine exploration, development and procurement of frontier mining technology and negotiation and collaboration with diverse global stakeholders.

BDR role

BDR Projects was handpicked to work with Nautilus Minerals to manage challenging aspects of the new frontier undersea Solwara 1 Project.

Project and contract management services have included procurement of major process equipment, engagement and management of contractors and consultants, construction management and module transport coordination.

Marketing and ore sales activities for Solwara 1 have consisted of negotiation with Chinese smelter companies, management of metallurgical test work for the Client and potential customers and development of the final ore sales agreements.

BDR Projects has also provided the following contract management services to Nautilus:

  • tender process management and documentation development
  • contract award and negotiation
  • contract administration of vendor and services contracts.


BDR Projects has provided professional expertise to realise important and challenging project milestones.

BDR Projects personnel played a key role in the successful negotiation and finalisation of ore sales agreements into China.

BDR Projects’ experience and expertise in managing complex projects and contract issues were well suited to the particular demands of the Solwara 1 Project and have been crucial to the successes achieved on the Solwara 1 Project.


Bismarck Sea

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