Viento Group’s subsidiary entity Viento Contracting Services (VCS) has secured a mining, crushing and screening contract worth about $40m from BC Iron Nullagine.
As part of the contract, Viento will perform mining related works at BC Iron Nullagine’s Warrigal hub at the company’s Nullagine iron ore joint venture (NJV) with Fortescue Metals Group.
Viento executive director John Silverthorne said: "This is an exciting opportunity for Viento to extend our capabilities beyond contracting and into contract mining and processing, which has been the planned direction of VCS and in-line with the experience of the VCS management team.
"This project will enable VCS to use its capabilities in materials processing, providing the complete service including running the continuous miners, loading, hauling, crushing and screening of the ore."
The BC Iron award follows the recent completion of the NJV’s Outcamp 4 and 5 haul road.
According to Viento, the two-year contract is due to commence from early April.
NJV is a 75:25 joint venture between BC Iron and Fortescue Metals Group, located about 150km north of Newman in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
The mine has the capacity to export up to six million tonnes of ore a year.
BC Iron operates and manages the JV, while Fortescue aids the export of iron ore through its rail and port infrastructure.
The mining company is assessing mine life extensions at the NJV through the beneficiation of low-grade material (50& to 55% iron) into a saleable product.
Image: Viento will perform mining related works at BC Iron Nullagine’s Warrigal hub. Photo: courtesy of Viento.