Thiess set to mine new Austral copper site
The Anthill copper project, about 80km north-west of Mount Isa, will extend copper production from the company’s existing Lady Annie operations.
Austral plans to begin mining at Anthill by the end of the year, with ore deliveries expected in the first quarter of 2022 and 1,000t of cathode produced per month by mid 2022.
The company has notified Thiess of its intention to enter exclusive negotiations to finalise the terms of a three-year mining services contract.
Under the scope of work, Thiess will operate and maintain two mining fleets, undertaking mining services to support Austral’s copper production requirements.
“Thiess has a long history operating in the Mount Isa region dating back to the early 1960s, and we’re very pleased to be back,” Thiess chief executive officer and executive chairman Michael Wright said.
“With our selection as preferred contractor, Austral Resources has recognised our team’s specialist mining capability and our flexible approach to meet the needs of their mine.”
“This project is very important to Thiess as we continue to diversify our business across commodities, mining regions and services.
“We are positioned well to support Austral Resources and the local community, with the right equipment, technical capability and operations team.”
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