Barminco snares five-year Sunrise Dam extension

IT MAY be heading into Ausdrill’s embrace, however, underground mining contractor Barminco has still managed to clinch a $700 million five-year extension at Anglogold Ashanti’s Sunrise Dam gold mine in Western Australia.

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A Barminco jumbo operating at Anglogold Ashanit's Sunrise Dam.

Barminco has partnered with Anglogold Ashanti at Sunrise Dam since underground operations began there in 2003 when the first portal was cut.

That $700 million contract value is based on the current mining schedule.

Plans are in place to boost annual production well beyond the present rate of 3 million tonnes per annum.

Part of that plan involves the use of semitrailers to haul ore to the surface using the Western Incline, a 7m by 7m haulway that had originally been developed to give geologists a platform to drill into the northern part of the ore zone. If that comes to pass it is likely a specialist haulage contract, maybe Bis, could get that work.

Barminco CEO Paul Muller said the contractor had worked hard to optimise productivity and efficiency and ...