Western Desert Resources awards mining services contract to Thiess Pty Ltd

Image credit: Thiess.com.au

Western Desert Resources, a 100% owner and operator of the iron ore deposits at Roper Bar in the Northern Territory, has awarded a three year mining services contract to Thiess Pty Ltd, after the successful completion of the competitive tender.

Image credit: Thiess.com.au
Image credit: Thiess.com.au

According to the ASX announcement issued by the company, the award of the mining services contract is a highly valuable risk management initiative aimed at quality management of the most critical operational function performance and minimizing production costs.

“We are delighted to award our mining services contract to a Tier 1 Contractor with an experienced management team and proven track record in order to manage and deliver our mining, load, haul and dump operations over the next three years,” said Mr Norm Gardner, Managing Director of Western Desert Resources.

Under the terms of the agreement, Thiess is obliged to provide all the necessary mining fleet, an on-site management team and plant operators.

The news release by Thiess reveals that the $ 135 million contract at the Roper Bar Project officially commenced on Monday, January 13th 2014, with iron ore to be exported from the Bing Bong loading facility.


“Our offering to Western Desert Resources is based on our ability to provide both safe and efficient operations to our client,” said Thiess Managing Director Bruce Munro.

“We are very pleased with the flexible relationship that’s been developed and look forward to a successful and long-term partnership.”

Hamish Tyrwhitt, Chief Executive Officer of Leighton Holdings said the Group was quite delighted to expand its mining operations.

“The Leighton Group’s ability to deliver value to our mining clients is further demonstrated with Thiess’ success at Roper Bar,” said Mr Tyrwhitt.

Further, the two companies will focus on offering numerous opportunities for the local community.

“We have a shared strategy with Western Desert Resources to offer Indigenous Australians training and employment opportunities, and this includes a partnership with Rusca Bros Mining, which has a well-established connection with local communities,” said Thiess’ Executive General Manager of Australian Mining Michael Wright.