Newmont awards underground contract to Ausdrill, Barminco JV

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African Underground Mining Services (AUMS), a joint venture between Ausdrill and Barminco, has secured a $US280 million ($371.5 million) contract at the Ahafo gold complex in Ghana, West Africa with Newmont Mining.

The contract involves a five-year agreement to supply all underground mining services at the Subika mine, including development and production activities, diamond drilling and associated services.

AUMS expects to start activities at the Subika mine in the second quarter of 2017. The contract will include employment of more than 200 workers.

Newmont’s Ahafo complex is located along the Sefwi volcanic belt in western Ghana. It is about 307km northwest from national capital city, Accra.

The contract adds to a strong portfolio of projects in Ghana for the joint venture between Ausdrill and Barminco, both Australian-based mining services companies.

AUMS, which has operated in the African underground mining sector since 2007, also has projects in Ghana with Kinross Gold and Resolute Mining. The joint venture’s presence in West Africa extends to Mali, Burkina Faso and Tanzania.

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