The rig was due on site by the end of March after the journey from Central New South Wales. PYBAR’s rapid development team commenced at the Didipio project in late February.
The Pybar RBR600-VF begins its journey from New South Wales to the Didipio Gold Project in the Philippines.
OceanaGold plans to begin developing underground exploration drifts by the second half of 2016 to allow for drilling of the Didipio deposit at depth. PYBAR will develop three ventilation shafts of 5.5 metres in diameter with depths of 135 metres, 150 metres and 220 metres as part of the infrastructure required prior to commencement of underground production.
PYBAR CEO Paul Rouse said, “Our team at Didipio has a strong depth of international experience gained from a number of overseas raise bore projects. Combined with our track record in delivering safe, rapid underground development, we look forward to accelerating production of the underground expansion.”
The contract duration is 11 months with the potential for extension. Didipio is about 270km north of Manila on the island of Luzon.
PYBAR Mining Services Pty Ltd is an Australia-based provider with core competencies in metalliferous underground hard rock mining. Founded in 1993, PYBAR’s success to date is based on safe, rapid underground infrastructure development and consistent reliable production, delivering on projects from large established mining operations to greenfield developments.
Headquartered in Orange, Central New South Wales, and privately owned, the PYBAR Group has established infrastructure and operations in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. The group provides a comprehensive service offering to the mining industry through a number of business units including PYBAR Mining Services as underground mining contractors; HMR Drilling Services (exploration drilling); and JTMEC (mining electrical).