Australia`s biggest engineering company – has won an A$800 million contract to mine copper and gold and Oxiana Ltd`s Prominent Hill project.
The deal will see Leighton`s wholly-owned subsidiary Theiss Pty Ltd extract approximately 38 Mt of treatable ore over a six year period, creating a pit some 1.2 km wide, 1.4 km long on the surface and 500 m deep, said a statement by the company.
”We are pleased that the Board has approved the contract and we are looking forward to working with Oxiana over the longer term,” said David Saxelby, Thiess chief executive Australian operations.
Owen Hegarty, Oxiana’s managing director, said: ”Oxiana is delighted to have engaged Thiess as its mining contractor at Prominent Hill and believe it has the experience and ability to do a first-rate job. Thiess has ready access to a skilled workforce and the ability to train and develop its people. Thiess has already commenced the mobilisation of mining equipment to the site, ensuring that the works can commence immediately.”
Thiess has already begun construction of mine site infrastructure, inclusive of a mobile equipment workshop and site offices.
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