MACA’S PILGANGOORA WIN

THE CON­TRAC­TORS

The Australian Mining Review - - FRONT PAGE - Cameron Dru­mond

MACA has been awarded a two year open pit min­ing con­tract for Pil­bara Min­er­als’ Pilgangoora lithium-tan­ta­lum project, plus three, one year ex­ten­sion op­tions.

The com­pany will pro­vide drill and blast and load and haul ser­vices, at a min­ing rate of 8 mil­lion tonnes per an­num (mtpa) for the pro­duc­tion of 2mtpa of ore to meet re­quire­ments of Stage 1 project de­vel­op­ment.

Mo­bil­i­sa­tion and es­tab­lish­ment on site was set to com­mence shortly, with pre-strip­ping of the main Pilgangoora de­posit ex­pected dur­ing Novem­ber 2017.

Pil­bara Min­er­als said min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties would pro­gres­sively ramp-up through the rest of 2017 and into the 2018 in or­der to meet the com­pany’s ex­pected timetable of com­menc­ing ship­ments of con­cen­trate to its cus­tomer base in China dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter of 2018.

Pil­bara Min­er­als man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ken Brins­den said the award of the open pit min­ing con­tract was a key mile­stone for the project, as site-based ac­tiv­i­ties con­tin­ued to ramp-up on sev­eral fronts.

“The site is al­ready a hive of ac­tiv­ity, and this will only con­tinue to in­crease in the com­ing weeks fol­low­ing the award of this piv­otal con­tract as the MACA min­ing team be­gin to mo­bilise to site,” Mr Brins­den said.

“MACA has vast ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in the Pil­bara re­gion and they are a per­fect fit with our or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“This con­tract will em­ploy around 70 per­son­nel and will re­quire the mo­bil­i­sa­tion of an ex­ten­sive min­ing fleet com­pris­ing two hy­draulic ex­ca­va­tors, seven large ca­pac­ity haulage trucks, drill rigs and nu­mer­ous items of sup­port equip­ment.

“We are look­ing for­ward to work­ing closely with MACA over the com­ing years in the ex­e­cu­tion of this key con­tract and grow­ing the sub­con­tract and work op­por­tu­ni­ties for the Nja­mal peo­ple at the Pilgangoora Project.”

“This con­tract will em­ploy around 70 per­son­nel and will re­quire the mo­bil­i­sa­tion of an ex­ten­sive min­ing fleet com­pris­ing two hy­draulic ex­ca­va­tors, seven large ca­pac­ity haulage trucks, drill rigs and nu­mer­ous items of sup­port equip­ment.”

Im­age: MACA.

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