Galaxy Resources has awarded a contract to Eastern Goldfields mining contractor Orionstone for the Mt Cattlin Spodumene Project near Ravensthorpe in Western Australia.

Under the contract Orionstone will supply Caterpillar 777D dump trucks, a Hitachi 1800 excavator, a Cat D9 dozer and other ancillary machinery in addition to plant operators and maintenance personnel.

Orionstone’s subcontractor, Total Drilling Services, will deliver the drill and blast component of the contract.

Mining is expected to start at the site in April this year, with a four-month pre-strip period to ensure supply of run of mine ore for the process plant commissioning in the third quarter of the year.

Orionstone supplies mining equipment and services and has fleets of equipment operating around Australia.