Prospect Awards: Epiroc Contract Miner of the Year

Australian Mining is proud to announce the finalists for the 2020 Australian Mining Prospect Awards.

The Australian Mining Prospect Awards Epiroc Contract Miner of the Year award recognises excellence in contract mining, engineering, projects, and services.

In congratulating all the finalists for being nominated for the Australian Mining Prospect Awards, Epiroc stated that the company was very proud to be the sponsor for the Contract Miner of the Year award.

“At Epiroc we recognise how important diversity and inclusion is for the success of our business. We strive for all people to be welcomed, valued, represented and included,” the company stated.

“Epiroc recognises that gender diversity is particularly critical to our success. We’re passionate about our strategies to attract and retain talented people in our global operations and proudly support women in mining and resources in Australia.

“As a long time award sponsor of the Prospect Awards, we have returned in 2020 to sponsor the Contract Miner of the Year award, which recognises a site that sets the standard for the rest of the industry to follow.”

The finalists of the Epiroc Contract Miner of the Year Award are:


MACA has strengthened its portfolio of mining contracts in 2020, with $2.7 billion work in hand in August after winning a $410 million contract at Capricorn Metals’ Karlawinda gold project in Western Australia.

The ASX-listed company is a respected mining services provider across the load and haul, drill and blast, materials handling and crushing disciplines.

MACA’s key contract wins have included a $230 million agreement with Atlas Iron at the Corunna Downs project and a $130 million extension with Ramelius Resources at the Mt Magnet gold project.

The contractor has also continued operations for Regis Resources at the Duketon South and Duketon North sites, with Blackham Resources at the Matilda gold project, and Pilbara Minerals at the Pilgangoora lithium project.

Macmahon Holdings

Macmahon Holdings continues to thrive as a contractor with capabilities across surface mining, underground mining, civil and rehabilitation, equipment maintenance and management, and performance enhancement.

In 2020, Macmahon has strengthened its order book with key contract wins, including a $700 million extension and expansion of the Byerwen coal contract in Queensland.

The Perth-based company also secured $200 million of additional work with gold miner, Silver Lake Resources, in Western Australia.

Operationally, Macmahon ramped up the Boston Shaker underground project at the Tropicana gold operation in Western Australia and achieved record volumes at Batu Hijau (Indonesia) and Byerwen.

The contractor’s expansion was solidified in the 2020 financial year with the completion of its acquisition of GBF Underground Mining.

Mader Group

Mader Group has grown from a one-man business in 2005 to an ASX-listed firm that had a market capitalisation of around $160 million in October.

Today, Mader is recognised as Roy Hill’s preferred maintenance supplier and is tasked with keeping the iron ore miner’s equipment running 24/7.

Mader’s Australian team is armed with field support, fabrication and line boring, shutdown, rail maintenance, project support, rapid response and training and mentoring capabilities. 

The company has branched out and now provides its services internationally, including in Asia, Africa and the United States.

Perth-based Mader delivered more than 70,000 hours of specialised contract labour in the United States during the 2020 financial year.

Mader’s company culture has also been recognised, with it selected as The Australian HR Awards 2020 finalist as an employer of choice.

The full list of Australian Mining Prospect Awards finalists can be viewed here.

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