Altura Mining has awarded NRW Holdings a $110 million contract for mine development and drill and blast services at its Pilgangoora Lithium project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
The five-year contract includes the construction of mining infrastructure, development of mine haul roads, drill and blast services and load and haul production mining of ore and overburden.
The award is subject to Altura completing funding for the development of the lithium project as part of the final investment decision.
Around 60 NRW workers will be employed on site and the company will also work with the local Njamal indigenous communities to provide employment and subcontracting opportunities.
Altura’s recently acquired Pilgangoora Village has also been opened, which will provide accommodation for 50 personnel.
The company is on track to begin commissioning the project by the fourth quarter of 2017.
“The design for the process plant is progressing well and the project and procurement teams continue to advance a number of key tenders which will enable construction works to commence by the end of Q1 2017,” Altura said.
NRW will begin mobilising in March this year, following statutory approval of the mining proposal.
NRW CEO Jules Pemberton welcomed the new contract, particularly as its subsidiary Action Drill & Blast had been working in the Greenbushes mine in Western Australia for a number of years.
“We look forward to work closely with the Altura team and are ready to commence as soon as the final investment decision is made,” he said.
Action Drill & Blast has also been awarded a two-year contract extension by Talison Lithium for services at the Greenbushes mine, after commencing work on the project in 2011.