Action Drill and Blast wins gold contract at Telfer

Newcrest's Telfer gold mine

Action Drill and Blast (ADB) was last week awarded a $40 million contract to provide drilling and blasting services for mining contractor Macmahon Holdings at Newcrest Mining’s Telfer gold mine in Western Australia.

The five-and-a-half-year contract is ADB’s second project win in the gold sector. The company is a subsidiary of ASX-listed services company, NRW Holdings.

Jules Pemberton, NRW managing director, commented: “Having proven to be very successful in other commodities it is pleasing to see Action Drill and Blast establish itself further in the gold sector.”

The Telfer mine, which produced 462,461 ounces of gold in the 2016 financial year, is about 400km from Port Hedland in the Pilbara region of WA.

Macmahon has been lead contractor at the operation since late 2015.

ADB’s latest contract win was announced a day after NRW unveiled that it had been awarded a $110 million contract for mine development, and drill and blast services at Altura Mining’s Pilgangoora lithium project in the Pilbara.