Zinc developer Red River Resources has awarded a West 45 underground mining contract to Pybar Mining Services as part of the move to restart production from Thalanga mine in Queensland, Australia.

Pybar will start mobilising to the site in the next two weeks and subsequently start underground mining operations at West 45 deposit.

Red River managing director Mel Palancian said: “The award of the underground mining contract for West 45 is a key step on the critical path to the restart of production at the Thalanga Zinc Project in 2H CY2017.

“We are pleased to have awarded the West 45 underground mining contract to Pybar.

“Red River ran a competitive contract process, and we look forward to working with Pybar as we restart development and mining operations at West 45.”

In November 2015, Red River released an internally prepared Restart Study to analyse the potential in restarting the Thalanga Zinc Project.

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“In its initial five-year mine life, the site is expected to produce 21,400t of zinc, 3,600t of copper, 5,000t of lead, 2,000oz of gold and 370,000oz of silver in concentrate.”

The study indicated highly attractive nature of the project.

The company claimed that Thalanga Zinc mine has a low operating cost, low pre-production capital cost and a short timeline to production.

In its initial five-year mine life, the site is expected to produce 21,400t of zinc, 3,600t of copper, 5,000t of lead, 2,000oz of gold and 370,000oz of silver in concentrate.

The restart study was based on production from three deposits, which are West 45, Far West and Waterloo.

Established in 1993, Pybar specialises on metalliferous underground hard rockmining.

Headquartered in Orange in central New South Wale, this privately owned company serves the mining industry through multiple businesses that include HMR Drilling Services for exploration drilling and JTMEC for mining electrical activities.