Metro Mining has awarded the mining contract for the operation of the Bauxite Hills mine to SAB Mining, a private Queensland mining services
company which also provides services for the Sonoma coal mine in the Bowen Basin.
This finalises the awarding of all major contracts for Bauxite Hills, 100km north of Weipa, where construction commenced in July and mining
operations are on schedule to begin in April next year.
SAB is on site undertaking civils works for mine construction and Metro said it had performed admirably from a safety, indigenous engagement and productivity perspective.
“Metro is delighted to have engaged SAB Mining to carry out the mining services for the Bauxite Hills mine,” Metro managing director Simon Finnis said.
“SAB has been integral in assisting Metro advance the project to where it is today and their formal appointment for mining operations represents another key milestone for the project.
“Metro and SAB will work together to prepare for mining activities with the view of mobilising the mining fleet to site in March 2018, ahead of forecast production starting in April 2018.”
SAB’s scope of works for the Bauxite Hills mine contract encompasses all land-based mining activities including:
• Clearing and pre-strip
• Mining bauxite in accordance with mine plan
• Operation of haul trucks
• Loading of barges via barge loading facility
• Rehabilitation of mined areas
• Maintenance of plant and equipment