Ausdrill bags $113m Regis contract through Barminco

Ausdrill has won a series of mining services contracts in Western Australia worth $171 million, including underground work with Regis Resources via last year’s acquisition, Barminco.

Regis awarded a three-year, $113 million underground contract to Barminco for the expansion of its Rosemount project into an underground operation.

Barminco will perform development and production work at the underground deposit, which is part of the Duketon operation.

The contractor will mobilise at the site immediately and expects to employ around 100 staff for the project.

Barminco chief executive officer Paul Muller said the project would add to the contractor’s extensive experience in the Western Australian Goldfields, with current mining projects at Sunrise Dam and Agnew.

“We will draw on our deep capability across Barminco’s people, equipment, systems, processes and expertise in underground mining to ensure we provide a safe and reliable services at Rosemount and look to build a strong, long-term relationship with Regis,” Muller said.

Barminco will launch works at the site in the current quarter, including commencing portal development at the southern end of the Rosemount Main open pit.

Regis managing director Jim Beyer said the contract was the next step in delivering the underground strategy that the company had pursued at Duketon.

“We believe the development of the initial underground position at Rosemount provides an excellent platform to grow the operation through exploration from an established underground footprint,” Beyer said.

Regis approved the underground project at Rosemount last August.

Barminco has also recently been awarded a contract to perform decline rehabilitation and development works at Western Areas’ Odysseus mine.

The company, which has a 14-year relationship with the nickel-focused miner, has already mobilised for work on the 14-month contract.

Ausdrill, meanwhile, has won a contract to provide exploration drilling services at Consolidated Minerals’ Woodie Woodie manganese mine in the Pilbara region.

The 12-month contract, which will start next month, will require five reverse circulation drills and one diamond drill rig.

Ausdrill has also been awarded a contract from Bellevue Gold to provide exploration drilling services at the company’s gold project in the Eastern Goldfields.

The 12-month contact has recently started and will require four diamond rigs.

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