Pybar Mining Services is recruiting for a 55-strong local team after being awarded the underground mining contract for the West 45 deposit at Red River Resources’ Thalanga zinc project, south-west of Charters Towers.
Pybar says it will begin to mobilise to site within two weeks. The initial contract period is for about two years.
“We are delighted to be undertaking the mining contract for the restart of Thalanga,” Pybar chief executive officer Paul Rouse said.
“We look forward to bringing our innovative approach to the project and delivering tangible efficiency and productivity benefits.”
The specialist underground mining contractor will provide a fleet of equipment including jumbo, production drill, underground trucks and loaders and ancillary equipment.
Red River managing director Mel Palancian described the awarding of the underground mining contract for West 45 as a key step on the critical path to the restart of production at the Thalanga site in the second half of 2017.
People interest in working on the project can find more details at http://jobboards.adlogic.com.au/pybar/job-board/.
The mining workforce is expected to be based in the Charters Towers area.
Red River Resources bought the Thalanga processing plant and surrounding tenements from failed miner Kagara’s administrators in 2014.
The Thalanga zinc project restart is based on mining three deposits – West 45, Far West and Waterloo.
Red River Resources anticipates an annual average production of 21,400 tonnes of zinc, 3600 tonnes of copper, 5000 tonnes of lead, 2000 ounces of gold and 370,000 ounces of silver in concentrate when production resumes.