Ausdrill secures $123m African extension

Ausdrill subsidiary African Mining Services (AMS) has been awarded an $US88 million ($123 million) contract extension with Ghana Manganese Company.

AMS has been providing equipment hire for two years at GMC’s Nsuta manganese mine in the western region of Ghana.

The two-year contract extension adds to the existing equipment hire contract with GMC to February 2021.

The contract is an hourly hire service agreement for load and haul equipment with minimum hire hours applicable to all major equipment on site, with the machinery to be fully maintained by AMS.

Ausdrill managing director Mark Norwell said the contract extension was testament to the good relationship AMS had established with GMC over the years.

“The GMC contract extension will continue to meet our client’s requirements for on-demand load and haul equipment while also providing us with committed utilisation of our existing fleet,” Norwell said.

The contract will be serviced by existing fleet on site at Nsuta with no major equipment purchases required.

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