Orica has won a contractor to provide a variety of drilling, blasting, and supply services for PhosAgro’s Apatit operation in Russia.
The contract, worth RUB 12.5 billion (approximately $300 million), marks the third phase of co-operation between the two businesses, and will see Orica carrying out blast hole drilling and supply emulsion explosives.
Work between the Australian business and PhoAgro began in 2010 following Orica’s program designed to introduce emulsion explosives to the Apatit mine.
The relationship between the two companies then extended to Orica’s construction of an emulsion explosives plant at Apatit’s Vostochniy site and associated blasting works.
The plant officially opened on 11 December 2014, with the associated products and emulsion explosives production capacity fully covering the needs of Apatit and third parties.
From March this year Orica also started performing blasting works in the open pits of Apatit.
“The close collaboration between Orica and PhosAgro has made it possible to extend our agreements in drilling and blasting in the Apatit open cut sites,” Orica EMEA Zone executive Richard Brown said.
“Our relationship to date and the agreement signed today demonstrate the genuine partnership between the two organisations that is resulting in lasting mutual benefit for both sides. Orica is proud of its strong alliance with PhosAgro and considers Russia an important strategic partner.”
PhosAgrp CEp Andry Guryev added: “The use of new technologies, development and purchase of modern equipment and introduction of high-tech procedures aimed at improving safety, higher performance and greater efficiency in our drilling and blasting operations are key priorities for PhosAgro.”