Pybar Mining Services has started mobilisation of labour and equipment to A1 Consolidated Gold’s mine in north-eastern Victoria, Australia, to begin work on the project on 11 January.

A1 Consolidated Gold managing director Dennis Clark said: "We are pleased that mobilisation of labour and mining equipment to site has commenced so quickly and look forward to forging a strong working relationship with Pybar.

"The mining works are scheduled to commence next week, with ore production from the 1400 Stockworks expected in March 2016."

"Mining works are scheduled to commence next week."

A1 Consolidated selected Pybar as underground mining contractor to bring the mine into full time production in the first quarter of 2016.

During the first phase, Pybar will provide operating and management personnel who will be integrated into the mine’s existing workforce to provide for the commencement of operations.

The company will also supply required plant and equipment.

Phase 1 is expected to extend from January 2016 until the starting of ore production in March 2016.

Upon commencement of production, Pybar will be responsible for the ongoing operations at the mine site for an initial period of two years, which may be extended by mutual consent.

The A1 mine has produced more than 620,000oz up to 1992.

A1 is also developing the Union Hill Mine at Maldon to mine ore for processing at its 150,000tpa Maldon gold processing facility.