Ausdrill’s subsidiary Barminco has secured an underground mining services contract worth approximately $100m from Hindustan Zinc (HZL) for additional works related to the Rampura Agucha mine in Rajasthan, India.

Hard-rock underground miner Barminco was acquired by Ausdrill in October and has operated at the Rampura Agucha zinc mine since late 2016.

In February 2018, Barminco secured a contract extension at the mine.

The three and a half year contract is subject to review and mutual agreement of rates after the first year.

Barminco will extend development works that were being provided under a contract that was recently concluded and will add production work in the area of the mine developed by the company.

“We are very pleased to have been awarded a contract that extends our operations at the Rampura Agucha mine with an expanded scope to include production works.”

Barminco will start work at the Rampura Agucha mine with immediate effect.

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Ausdrill managing director Mark Norwell said: “This continuation of services at Rampura Agucha is further endorsement of the Barminco acquisition and the professional service our businesses have been providing to our customers.”

Under the contract, capital equipment and consumables will be provided by HZL, a subsidiary of Vedanta.

Barminco CEO Paul Muller said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded a contract that extends our operations at the Rampura Agucha mine with an expanded scope to include production works.

“We look forward to deepening the relationship we have built with Hindustan Zinc over the past few years by delivering on this extended scope of works both safely and efficiently.”

Underground mining at Rampura Agucha, commissioned in 1991 as an opencast mine, is carried out using long hole open stoping with the paste fill method.