Canadian heavy construction and mining services provider North American Construction Group (NACG) has announced the award of a major earthworks construction contract at a gold mining project in Northern Ontario.

The contract was awarded to a newly formed joint venture (JV) which is equally owned and operated by North American Construction Group and Nuna Group of Companies.

The contract award of this two-year project, which is valued at about $250m, reflects the trust and expertise gained by Nuna in its 27-year service.

North American Construction Joe Lambert said: “We are pleased and proud of the combined NACG & Nuna team for achieving such a significant milestone in our economic growth plans.

“This record award demonstrates the revenue synergies and opportunities for growth and diversification that are possible through our ownership interest in Nuna.”

According to NACG, the work scope will start during the construction phase of the gold mine and is anticipated to start during this quarter.

NACG noted that peak volumes will be achieved in the third quarter of next year and be completed in 2022.

Nuna Group of Companies president and chief operating officer Miles Safranovich said: “The award of this project, a result of a strong and integrated effort with NACG, further solidifies our strategy of taking Nuna’s unique brand of remote project development and sustained Indigenous engagement to major clients in eastern Canada.”

Nuna and the JV have partnered with local parties to participate directly in the project benefits, as part of the contract.