Engineering firm TWSP has won a contract to develop the vertical shaft at Newmont’s Tanami gold mine in the Northern Territory.
The $35 million three year project will see the contractor design, construct and commission a 1300 metre vertical shaft system to access the underground ore body.
Tanami’s existing decline shaft system will remain operational.
TWSP will also undertake the engineering, procurement and construction management services for the development of an ore hoisting system, headframe, and integrated ventilation system.
According to the company, underground crushing, materials handling, and ore loading, as well as surface discharge and stockpiling facilities are included in the contract.
Bryan Bailie, TWSP’s COO, said this is the first major contract to be awarded to the company.
"Adding Newmont as Tier 1 Australian mining house to our client base is strategically important to us as the company has found itself participating on projects primarily outside Australia.
"We will be making use of expertise we have already demonstrated with vertical shafts, including a previous one in Western Australia for a Tier 1 mining company.
Bailie said the contractor has had a strong focus on WA, but the company is considering opportunities in Queensland and South Australia.
TWSP is a newly formed engineering firm that was created a result of UK listed WSP Group taking a 50% shareholding in Australian company TWP.
Last year, Swick Mining Services won the contract for underground diamond drilling at the mine.