Ausdrill–Barminco JV wins $US211m contract

SEMAFO's Mana operation, which is 20km from Siou. Image: SEMAFO.

The African Underground Mining Services (AUMS) joint venture between Ausdrill and Barminco has secured a mining services contract with Canadian-based miner SEMAFO at the Siou gold operation in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

The Siou development is 20km from SEMAFO’s flagship Mana mine, which has produced 1.8Moz since its first gold pour in 2008.

According to AUMS, the Siou contract has an estimated value of $US211 million ($278.6 million) and is expected to start during the September quarter.

The contract, which is expected to span 70 months, will see AUMS supply all underground services at the gold mine, including development, production activities and associated services.

AUMS will also supply the mining fleet and a skilled labour force. SEMAFO will provide technical services, including geology and engineering, as well as leveraging the existing surface infrastructure at Mana.

Preparatory work has commenced at Siou ahead of full project deployment, according to SEMAFO, with first production forecast at the operation in early 2020.

AUMS chief operating officer Blair Sessions commented: “We are delighted to have secured this work and look forward to the partnership with SEMAFO, a Canadian-based mining company with gold production and exploration activities in West Africa.”

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