Pilbara Minerals has chosen MACA to carry out mining services work at its Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project for an undisclosed sum.
Perth-based Maca will carry out open-pit mining services, including drilling and blasting, and loading and hauling, under an initial two-year term with three one-year extension options.
Maca will use both existing and new equipment under the contract, with work expected to begin in November.
Mining work is expected to ramp up through the rest of the year following the initial mobilisation to site, ahead of Pilbara’s planned inaugural shipment in the second quarter of next year.
“The site is already a hive of activity, and this will only continue to increase in the coming weeks following the award of this pivotal contract as the Maca mining team begin to mobilise to site,” Pilbara managing director Ken Brinsden said.
“Maca has vast experience working in the Pilbara region and they are a perfect fit with our organisation.
“This contract will employ around 70 personnel and will require the mobilisation of an extensive mining fleet comprising two hydraulic excavators, seven large capacity haulage trucks, drill rigs and numerous items of support equipment.
“We are looking forward to working closely with Maca over the coming years in the execution of this key contract and growing the subcontract and work opportunities for the Njamal people at the Pilgangoora project.”
Maca executive director Geoff Baker said the company was excited to have the opportunity to participate in the project and continue its long-term presence in the Pilbara region.
“We look forward to being part of the expanding lithium industry and assisting the team at Pilbara to deliver the Pilgangoora project,” he said.
Maca shares were 1.1 per cent higher to $1.94 each at 10:45am.