Bis Industries has strengthened a partnership with Glencore-owned Minara Resources at the Murrin Murrin nickel-cobalt mine in Western Australia.
The four-year contract extension applies to haulage and site services at the Goldfields operation, which Bis has been active at since 1998.
Bis performs haulage, haul and road maintenance, bulk logistics and calcrete services at Murrin Murrin, an open-pit mine and refinery operation.
“We are very pleased to be continuing our positive and long-term partnership with Minara at the Murrin Murrin site,” Bis general manager Giles Everest said.
“We look forward to continuing to deliver bespoke solutions for our customer to meet their production and expansion needs.”
The Murrin Murrin site is also hosting trials of Bis’ unusual 160 tonne-capacity Rexx haul truck, which uses 20 conventional road train tyres in place of the standard configuration of four oversize tyres used by other truck manufacturers.
According to Bis, the truck has delivered up to a 30 per cent reduction in operating costs at Murrin Murrin when compared with conventional trucks.
The contractor is also conducting a trial of the truck at Gold Fields’ Granny Smith gold mine in Western Australia.
Bis chief operating officer Michael Porter said the contractor worked in collaboration with Minara to deliver “safe and innovative solutions that add value to their operation”.
The Murrin Murrin site has been in operation since 1999 and employs around 1000 workers, including contractors.