Boart Longyear secures GEMCO drilling contract

The Groote Eylandt Mining Company (GEMCO), a joint venture between South32 and Anglo American, has awarded a three-year drilling contract at the Groote Eylandt manganese mine to Boart Longyear.

GEMCO is an open cut mining operation on the island of Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Its high-grade manganese ore is shipped to GEMCO’s Tasmanian manganese alloy plant and around the world.

To continue development of the mine, Boart Longyear is providing 16 employees, including fitters and full-time drilling supervisors, to operate two reverse circulation rigs.

The crews will be responsible for drilling 4800 holes; approximately 115,200 metres over the contract.

Boart Longyear APAC regional director, drilling services, John Kirkwood, said the contract was awarded based on the company’s strong safety and productivity performance.

“We are very happy to start drilling at GEMCO and to start building on our relationship with the team on site in Australia,” Kirkwood said.

GEMCO, the largest and one of the lowest-cost manganese producers in the world, is a 60:40 joint venture between operator South32 and Anglo American.

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