Watpac has secured a $45m contract extension for Ramelius Resources’ Mount Magnet gold mine in Western Australia.
Under the new contract, Watpac will provide drill and blast services, load and haul of waste and ore, and will also be responsible for shaping of waste dumps at the Blackmans, Titan and Brown Hill pits in the mine tenements.
The company has provided mining services at the site since 2011, and plans to deliver the latest contract over a 16-month period.
Watpac managing director Martin Monro said: "Our priority has been to deliver quality outcomes for our clients and this contract extension with Ramelius Resources is an example of the strength of our relationships and operational excellence.
"Despite challenging conditions within the resources sector, our civil and mining business continues to convert project opportunities and we are delighted to be delivering an expanded contract with this highly valued client."
Watpac has already mobilised the equipment, infrastructure and personnel at Mount Magnet site.
Located 38km north of Mount Magnet, the Blackmans pit will be a satellite operation for the team where a combination of 90t rigid and articulated dump trucks loaded by 100t excavators is planned to be used.
The Titan pit will be initially mined using a 200t excavator, with a smaller 100t excavator used to complete mining with articulated trucks once the pit has been deepened.
Mining of the Brown Hill pit is set to coincide with works in the Titan pit.
In 2010, Mount Magnet Gold was acquired by Ramelius from Harmony Gold and operations were restarted in late-2011.
The project comprises several open-pit and underground mines plus exploration targets situated on established mining and prospecting leases.
At present, the Watpac Civil & Mining business is delivering various projects in Western Australia for Hanking Gold, Silver Lake Resources, Iluka Resources and Main Roads.