Australian gold producer St Barbara has extended its air charter services contract with Alliance Aviation Services.
The three-year contract extension will entail eight flights per week between Perth and St Barbara’s Leonora operations.
At the centre of St Barbara’s Leonora operations is the Gwalia mine. The mine has produced 4 million ounces (Moz) from its open cut and underground operations.
This includes 1.9Moz of gold in reserves at a grade of 7.9 grams per tonne (g/t).
Alliance chief executive Lee Schofield said, “The St Barbara contract is the fifth contract Alliance has retained in a selective tender process over the last 12 months.”
Other companies that extended their contracts for Alliance’s air charter services this year are Newmont and Incitec Pivot – both extending their contracts up until 2021.
Schofield said, “The flexibility of Alliance’s fleet, together with industry leading on time performance greatly assisted Alliance in retaining this contract.
“Alliance continues to maintain the highest retention rate of clients in the FIFO air charter sector – an achievement of which all the team at Alliance are very proud of in such a competitive market.”
Alliance has been providing air charter services to St Barbara since 2012.