An underground mining company is first in line to win the contract for a $257 million mineral development in Western Australia’s Gascoyne region.
Macmahon Holdings was recently named preferred tenderer for Strandline Resources’ Coburn Mineral Sands Project, 240km north of Geraldton.
Early contractor involvement
The successful bidder expects to receive the early contractor involvement agreement to deliver and operate a large mining fleet capable of mining 23.4 million tonnes per annum of ore, overburden removal, pit backfill and land re-contouring.
The mining method is conventional open pit dry mining in free-dig sand with in-pit tailings deposition, progressive backfill and rehabilitation.
Other mining services include transferring concentrate from the Wet Concentrator Plant to the Mineral Separation Plant and general mining-related earthworks. The final zircon and titanium mineral sand products will be exported to buyers in Europe, America and China.
QMEB can reveal the contract will also continue for the first five years of production. More than 100 jobs are expected to be created and none of them are advertised yet.
“We are pleased to establish this relationship with Macmahon and look forward to further optimising the mining solution and contract documentation in readiness for development,” Strandline managing director Luke Graham said in a public statement.