Barminco has been awarded a $60 million underground mining services contract for Western Areas’ Spotted Quoll nickel mine.
According to Barminco CEO Neil Warburton, operations are scheduled to begin at the end of April with first ore forecast by February 2012.
Western Areas gave the go ahead for work at the mine in December last year.
It has an estimated mine life of eight years for Stage One of the project.
The three year contract includes all underground mining activities as well as development and production.
The contract miner already operates Western Areas’ nearby Flying Fox underground nickel mine.
Barminco has also boosted the capabilities of its African subsidiary African Underground Mining Services (AUMS).
It took delivery of two Atlas Copco MT6020 trucks for its work at Kinross Gold’s Akwaaba Deeps gold mine in Ghana.
The two 60 tonne load trucks are predicted to increase the contractor’s haulage capacity by close to 20% over the existing fleet.
The contractor is currently expanding its operations in the continent, Warburton stating that “in West Africa, AUMS has a 70% market share, so it’s well positioned to take advantage of the long pipelines of African underground projects.”