Commercial explosives and blasting systems manufacturer Orica has received a five-year explosives technology and services contract from commodities trader Glencore.

Orica will provide services for Glencore’s copper and zinc operations in Australia. The contract will take effect from January next year.

Glencore’s Australian operations include McArthur River Mine in Northern Territory, CSA Mine in New South Wales, as well as Lady Loretta, Mount Isa and Ernest Henry mines in Queensland.

Orica noted that it also has an existing supply agreement with Glencore’s nickel and cobalt operations at Murrin Murrin in Western Australia (WA).

Orica’s work scope under the latest contract includes delivery of full set of explosives technology as well as blasting services across Glencore’s Australian copper and zinc operations.

It will also supply other technologies such as fully wireless initiating system WebGen, BlastIQ digital blast optimisation set of products and Bulkmaster 7, a smart explosives delivery system.

Orica chief executive Alberto Calderon said: “Glencore is a key global diversified customer, and we are delighted to be partnering with them across their Australian copper and zinc operations, integrating our most advanced technologies and solutions to solve their more complex operational needs.

“Glencore’s Ernest Henry mine in North West Queensland was the first site in the world to trial and adopt our wireless explosives technology, WebGen.

“This deal shows Glencore’s confidence in our technology roadmap as well as aligning with their strategic vision for technology to deliver added value to their operations.”

Orica will work in close cooperation with Glencore so as to ensure ‘uninterrupted supply’ to the latter’s copper and zinc operations during the period of the transition.

In January, Orica released its new blast design and modelling software for underground mining applications.