Pybar Mining Services has signed an agreement with Mauritius-based drilling services company Capital Drilling to co-market underground hard rock mining services in Africa.

Under the three-year agreement, Pybar will utilise Capital Drilling’s experience in Africa, where the company has been providing drilling services to mining operations for 15 years.

Capital Drilling will also benefit from Pybar’s knowledge in proving underground hard rock mining services.

“Partnering with an established player such as Capital Drilling will facilitate any entry into the African market.”

Pybar CEO Paul Rouse said: "Our focus remains on Australia however with a large number of projects seeking to move underground in Africa there is an opportunity to transfer our capabilities and best practice safety systems to a market which can benefit greatly from our expertise.

"Partnering with an established player such as Capital Drilling will facilitate any entry into the African market."

Capital Drilling executive director Brian Rudd said: "We have an uncompromising focus on safety, a solutions-focused approach and a commitment to providing customers with the most efficient and professional service.

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"We look forward to working closely with PYBAR to provide our customers with integrated solutions for underground mining projects throughout Africa."

Pybar and Capital Drilling are set to execute an agreement to determine the way the projects will be undertaken in case the co-marketing efforts become successful in securing contracts in Africa.

Capital Drilling has a fleet of more than 90 drill rigs and offers services including exploration, development, grade control and blast hole drilling to mineral exploration and mining companies.