Galena Mining joint venture company Abra Mining has executed port access as well as haulage, storage and stevedoring services contracts to further solidify its Abra base metals project.
Abra has inked a 10-year agreement with Mid-West Ports Authority enabling the company the right to export up to 140,000 tonnes of mineral concentrate per annum through Geraldton Port’s common user facilities.
Under its new five-year haulage, storage and stevedoring services contract with Qube Ports, Abra will use Qube’s Rotabox system for the loading, transportation, storage and stevedoring of its lead-silver concentrate from mine to port.
The system will also allow the bulk loading of Abra’s mineral concentrates into ships’ holds. The contract has an extension option of an additional five years.
Qube’s Rotabox innovation is known for its ability to deliver ores and concentrates to port via sealed containers, where it is stored securely before being transported into a ship’s hold.
Galena Mining managing director Tony James is excited by what Mid-West and Qube can bring to his company.
“Having an efficient, safe and secure route to export concentrates from Abra is a critical part and milestone for the Abra project,” he said.
“Qube are well established in the region and provide proven safety systems for moving high volumes of materials by road and across port boundaries, and we are pleased to partner with them to export our product out of the mid-west.
“Geraldton Port has the infrastructure in place and a strong track record in the export of similar mineral concentrates which delivers a considerable benefit to the project.”
It comes after Byrnecut finalised a four-year contract with Abra in September enabling the former to commence portal and decline development at the Abra base metals project.
The mining contractor had been working closely with Abra since early 2020 when the original tender was developed.
The first 15 months of Byrnecut’s contract is focused on establishing the primary decline down to the orebody in time for commissioning of Abra’s processing plant in early 2023.