Australian mineral drilling contractor Swick Mining Services has announced the signing of two new underground drilling contracts with Independence Group NL at their Jaguar and Nova mine sites.
The contract, which runs for one year with an option to extend for another year, takes Swick’s total order book at approximately $130 million.
Managing Director Kent Swick said the company expects to initially deploy four rigs across the two properties, with work to commence in April this year.
“We are proud to be selected as the preferred underground diamond driller by the Independence Group across these two sites. Swick will deploy its world-class mobile drill rigs to these mines, supported by our experienced crews and management. We believe we can add significant value to their operations over the long term as a result of our focus of safe, reliable production, lower overall costs and continuous improvement within our operations,” he said.
“IGO is an excellent client with high standard and maintains good working relationships with its contractors. Their strong focus on safety and operational efficiency aligns with our culture and we look forward to commencing the drilling.”
The Nova project, which contains the Nova-Bollinger orebody, is a world-class nickel-copper deposit located approximately 220km south east of Kalgoorlie.
The Jaguar operation is a high-grade zinc-copper-silver-gold mine situated roughly 300km north of Kalgoorlie.