Kidman Resources has appointed Pybar Mining Services as a contractor to ramp-up production at its Burbanks gold mine near Coolgardie in Western Australia.
As a mining contractor, Pybar will initially develop the unmined Dahmu lode on multiple levels. Stoping is expected to begin in the second half of this year.
Development is also slated to begin along the high-grade Hadfield and Jesson lodes on the fourth level.
Kidman acquired Burbanks in May 2015 and had been using the services of its joint venture partner, with Blue Tiger Mining since completing underground mining works.
The contract ended in December 2015. In January, the remaining 20% of Burbanks was acquired by Kidman.
Kidman plans to restart underground diamond drilling and surface RC drilling operations at the mine next week.
The Burbanks gold project consists of the operating Birthday Gift underground mine, the Christmas open-pit mine and the Gunga West open-pit mine.
First production from the mine was achieved in September 2015.
The Burbanks Mining Centre has production of 366,340oz at an average grade of 13.9gpt from open-pit, as well as underground sources.
Kidman also owns the Crowl Creek project in New South Wales and the Brown's Reef project in the southern part of the Cobar Basin.