BHP’s Nickel West has awarded Thiess, a subsidiary of CIMIC Group, a contract worth $190m for mining services at the Leinster Underground nickel mine in Western Australia.
Douglas Thompson, the Managing Director at Theiss, said “we have a deep understanding of the mine and our team is well placed to help support its next phase of development and production.”
The new contract will see Theiss maintain involvement for at least another 24 months, focused on general underground mining services, equipment sourcing, augmenting production and the ongoing future development of the mine.
Thiess has already been working at the mine, located 370 km north of Kalgoorlie, since December 2015 where they have been involved in “delivering turnkey mining services.
Services have included underground mining, statutory supervision, plant and equipment, mine planning, surveying, technical support, supply and installation of ground support, drill and blast, load and haul, and mobile maintenance.
Over the last two years Thiess has enabled the mine, sitting in the northern goldfields of Western Australia, to gain access to around 230,000 tonnes of ore.
“This contract ... acknowledges our ability to work flexibly with BHP Nickel West to meet the mine’s growing development and production needs,” said Michael Wright, Chief Executive from Theiss’s parent company, CIMIC.
The town of Leinster has had some interesting coverage this year, with ABC News reporting that “everyone has a job, free housing, and free access to the gym and local swimming pool.”
Founded in 1976, the town has developed a rich mining history with BHP, who employ almost everyone in town.
"You can only live here if you work here. We all work together so we all know each other," said Naomi Maher, a resident of Leinster.
"We're very fortunate … BHP does everything for us.”
Source: The West