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MACA secures iron-clad contract


MACA has locked in a major contract at Atlas Iron’s Miralga Creek iron ore project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The mining, civil and mineral processing contractor will provide mining and drill and blast services at the mine, continuing a 15-year partnership between the companies.

The contract announcement was made by Thiess, which has owned MACA since 2022.

“This contract will see the business further embed our presence in the Pilbara’s rich iron ore industry, all while working alongside a client that has played a large role in MACA’s expansion,” Thiess Group executive chair and chief executive officer Michael Wright said.

Miralga Creek becomes MACA’s second active Atlas Iron contract, situated in close proximity to Sanjiv Ridge, a project awarded to MACA in June 2020 providing infrastructure, drill and blast, and load and haul services.

Operating at the project since mid-March under a letter of intent, MACA has since mobilised a fleet of excavators, trucks, drills and associated support equipment, as well as a 45-person workforce to ensure minimal operational downtime.

“Since 2009, we have proudly worked with Atlas Iron, consistently delivering our capability and flexibility to meet production goals.” Thiess Group executive – Australia West David Grieg said.

“Securing the Miralga Creek contract is a strong signal of MACA’s capability in delivering our promise of performance in a range of highly technical applications.

“With over 20 years’ operating in the Western Australian landscape, new contracts with both existing and former clients remain the ultimate testimonial of our performance.”

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