Jacobs Engineering has signed a contract for underground works at Rio Tinto’s Mongolian Oyu Tolgoi copper gold mine.
Jacobs will carry out engineering, procurement and construction management works at the site for the next stage of the mine’s development.
“Jacobs is responsible for EPCM services to implement the materials handling systems for the new underground mine and associated surface and underground infrastructure,” it said.
“The project is being delivered over a five- to seven-year period and is expected to provide substantial employment and business opportunities in Mongolia.”
“We are very proud to be associated with what is a landmark project for Oyu Tolgoi, Mongolia and the global mining landscape,” Jacobs Engineering CEO Steve Demetriou added.
“The Oyu Tolgoi Underground Project is one of the largest mining projects worldwide. We are excited at the opportunity to contribute significant value to our client and the nation of Mongolia.”
Oyu Tolgoi chief executive Anderw Woodley added that “following the final notice to proceed for the underground development last month, this contract is a critical piece as we ramp up towards full construction,” according to Reuters.
No valuation was given from the contract at the US$5.3 billion mine.