Thiess Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of CIMIC Group, has been awarded a $160 million contract by BHP Billiton Nickel West to undertake operations at its Rocky’s Reward nickel mine located within the Leinster mine complex.
Under the 30-month contract, Thiess will provide turnkey mining services at the open-pit operation including mine planning, explosives, drill and blast services, overburden and ore mining, and overarching technical support.
CIMIC Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Marcelino Fernández Verdes said the contract was a vote of confidence in Thiess’ ability to deliver on projects of vast magnitude.
“This contract is testament to Thiess’s ability to deliver safe, cost effective and productive operations for our mining clients. We are continuing to tender for more mining work and expect further contracts to be awarded to the Group in the near future,” Mr Verdes said.
“Following on from Thiess’s recent entry into Chile’s copper market, the Rocky’s Reward nickel project provides further diversification by both commodity and geography.”
Thiess Managing Director Michael Wright said the new contract will strengthen the collaboration between the two companies which commenced over a decade ago.
“The Rocky’s Reward contract, which marks our re-entry into the Goldfields region of Western Australia, highlights our innovative, technical approach to mining and our commitment to aligning with our client’s objectives,” Mr Wright said.
“It builds on the partnership we first established with BHP Billiton Nickel West at the nearby Mt Keith operations in 2003.”