After parting company with Adani, Downer has confirmed the signing of a five‐year $400 million mining services contract with Gruyere JV – a 50:50 Joint Venture between Gold Road Resources Limited and Gold Fields Limited – to mine the Gruyere Gold Project.
Gruyere JV General Manager Operations, Steve Price, said: “The award of the mining contract is the result of six months’ work that involved numerous capable contract mining companies. Downer was selected as the preferred Business Partner for the Project as they led in all facets of the key criteria set for the award of the mining contract.”
Downer will have a peak workforce of approximately 170 personnel engaged in the Project and will commence construction of the mining infrastructure such as workshops and office buildings in the March 2018 quarter.
Mining activities are scheduled to commence in the December 2018 quarter, utilising a fleet of 225‐tonne payload dump trucks, 400‐tonne excavators, production blasthole drills and support equipment to move around 31 million tonnes of material per year.
Downer has developed a comprehensive community engagement plan which will include local employment and business opportunities, and procurement sourcing from local businesses.