Leading hard-rock underground miner Barminco has secured a massive mining services contract in Botswana from Khoemacau Copper Mining – a subsidiary of US-based Cupric Canyon Capital.
Barminco – a subsidiary of diversified mining services company Ausdrill – said the 5-year, A$800 million contract involves mine development, establishment of underground mine infrastructure and diamond drilling in Khoemacau’s Zone 5 operation, located in the highly prospective Kalahari copper belt in Botswana.
Barminco CEO Paul Muller welcomed the contract award, saying the company will commence mining service in December 2019.
“In addition to excellent safety, quality and productivity outcomes at Zone 5, success will also be measured by the creation of a highly skilled local workforce through effective training, skills transfer and leading technology program,” Mr Muller added.
Ausdrill Managing Director Mark Norwell said the company was pleased to have been awarded this ‘significant contract’ in Botswana.
“This contract award is further endorsement of our acquisition of Barminco and its strong contribution to our international growth strategy,” he stated.