Heron Resources has awarded Pybar Mining Services with the underground mining contract for its Woodlawn zinc-copper project in New South Wales.
Woodlawn, about 250km south-west of Sydney, is scheduled to reach production in the first quarter of next year.
Pybar will mobilise at the Woodlawn site within the next three months and plans to launch underground mining operations during August.
Heron managing director Wayne Taylor said the award of the underground mining contract at Woodlawn was a key step on the path of commencing production in the first quarter of 2019.
“We undertook a very competitive tender process and we are pleased to have awarded the Woodlawn contract to Pybar,” Taylor said.
“In addition to their strong capability to undertake the proposed works, we see a significant advantage in their local New South wales base for providing rapid project support.”
Pybar chief executive officer Brendan Rouse added: “We look forward to bringing our strong local presence and innovative approach to Woodlawn and working in close collaboration with Heron’s technical team to deliver the project successfully.”
Earlier this month, Heron awarded a port services contract for Woodlawn to Port Kembla Gateway (PKG).
Last May, Sedgman won a $107 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract at Woodlawn that included the development of 1.5 million tonne a year (Mt/y) processing plant to produce zinc, copper and lead from underground and tailings ore.