Resource Mining win ABM Old Pirate contract

ABM Resources has awarded Resource Mining the contract to mine its Old Pirate Gold project.

It is also looking to hire miners for the project.

Mobilisation to the site is slated for the first half of next month, with ABM's operation team mobilising from next week to prepare for the arrival of the contractor.

Resource Mining's first tasks will be the upgrading of the access road into the site from the Tanami road, the establishment of infrastructure, and the clearing of planned mining areas.

This will then be followed by first mining and stockpiling of ore for one month from site establishment.

However this schedule will change depending on the west season.

ABM is also recruiting mining personnel in fields such as safety, environmental, mining engineering, surveying, geology, and minerals processing.

It will open its Alice Springs head office in March.

Speaking on the flurry of activity ABM managing director Darren Holden said: "With all appropriate permits in place, we are commencing our mobilisation to Old Pirate shortly; our team is growing and we look forward to starting mining at Australia's next high grade open pit gold mine."

ABM Resources acquired the tenement, 700 km north west of Alice Springs, from Newmont in 2010 and have been pushing to develop a mine there ever since.

With a high grade deposit, an open pit with no pre-strip, and gold that liberates easily via gravity methods, Holden said the Old Pirate had key engineering advantages that give it a leg up on other gold development plays.

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