Thiess on the move at Mount Holland

Thiess has successfully mobilised crews at Mount Holland, a greenfield lithium mine in Western Australia, while managing the ongoing challenges of COVID-19.

The company was awarded a four-year contract by Covalent Lithium to deliver mining services at the mine in January.

Covalent is a joint venture between Wesfarmers and Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM), one of the world’s largest lithium miners.

Under the contract, Thiess will deliver drill and blast services, mining of overburden and ore, and equipment maintenance with a strong focus on community development and environmental protection.

The Mount Holland mine produces lithium-bearing ore that is concentrated and refined to produce lithium hydroxide. First ore is expected in October.

Project manager Jamie Pringle said the strong team culture of the group had been crucial to the success of the process.

“Starting with a cohort of eight, our Mount Holland team has now grown to 60 – drawn from our Western Australia-based pool of experienced and proven crew members,” he said.

“It’s been really helpful to have core people come across from our other projects, with trust and accountability already well engrained in the team.

“Our safety team worked extremely hard to ensure our health and safety management system was in place before we began mobilising, which means our team has maintained a strong safety record to date, ensuring everyone safe every day.”

Pringle said Thiess aspired to be a trusted stakeholder who understood and supported the aspirations of host communities.

“To deliver on this commitment we are engaging with local communities and stakeholders over the coming months to see how we can positively contribute to and participate with our local Wheatbelt communities,” he said.

“We aim to make a positive impact by working together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in pursuit of their cultural, social and economic aspirations and are actively working with Indigenous and local businesses to identify employment and supply chain participation opportunities.”

 

About Ray Chan

Editor of industrial titles and mastheads with Prime Creative Media. Publications include Rail Express and Australian Mining (web content).

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