Strike Resources has taken significant steps at its Paulsens East iron ore mine in Western Australia, with key contracts and licensing approvals now ticked off.
Dynamic Drill and Blast was chosen to provide its services at Paulsens East after an extensive process of evaluating submissions from a list of parties.
Mining, crushing and screening services will be provided by Lucas Total Contract Solutions.
Lucas will also provide civil works relating to the 18 kilometre haulage road and siteworks for the mining village at Paulsens East.
Formal contractual terms and agreements will be confirmed in due course as the parties work towards sign-off.
Strike managing director William Johnson said these recent contractors were an important milestone for the project.
“Strike is very pleased to confirm the selection of its preferred contractors for the critical drill and blast, mining, crushing and civils aspects of the project,” Johnson said.
“With Campbells Transport already selected as its preferred haulage contractor, the company has now selected all of its key contractors for Paulsens East.”
Strike also announced that all third-party access agreements have now been executed, with miscellaneous licenses and Departments of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) mining approval to come.
Strike was waiting to resolve an objection relating to the haulage road, but that has now been withdrawn and the DMIRS approval can now proceed.
“With the final objection to the haulage road miscellaneous license now being withdrawn, the company expects to shortly have all the necessary licenses and permits required to commence operations at Paulsens East,” Johnson said.
Strike has also entered a contract with Telstra for communications infrastructure at the mine site and village.
Johnson said this formed part of the company’s efforts to be as ready as possible once Paulsens is ready to mine.
“The securing of further long lead time items together with the ore sorter and associated equipment are important steps as the company advances towards making a final investment decision on Paulsens East,” he said.