Carrapateena contract awarded

PROGRESS: Earlier this month OZ Minerals received all primary approvals for phase two of the project. Photo: OZ Minerals.
PROGRESS: Earlier this month OZ Minerals received all primary approvals for phase two of the project. Photo: OZ Minerals.

Downer EDI Limited has been awarded the Oz Minerals Carrapateena contract for the next phase of the mines underground development.

The $660 million contract will be carried out over a six years with a 10 week transition period commencing this week. Circumstances permitting, Downer will assume responsibility for all site underground mining operations from July 1, 2018.

Downer will take over from PYBAR Mining Services who have been responsible for the sites underground mining services since 2016.

A statement released by OZ Minerals this week advised Downer and PYBAR will work together during the transition period to facilitate development continuity, and employee support and opportunities.

Downer Chief Executive Officer Grant Fenn said the company was pleased to be expanding its relationship with OZ Minerals at Carrapateena.

Downer already have a presence at Carrapeteena after winning the engineering, procurement and construction contract with its joint venture partner, Ausenco Pty Ltd, in December last year.

“This new contract is an excellent example of the breadth of services we can offer to customers in the mining and resources sector,” Mr Fenn said.

“We look forward to working closely with OZ Minerals to ensure this important project is delivered safely and efficiently.” 

Underground mining activity for the duration of the contract includes site setup and development to the top of the ore body and infrastructure excavation, production setup and ramp up and bedding in steady-state operations at nameplate site capacity.