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The contract, which has an estimated value of A$440 million (US$350 million), follows a competitive tender process that attracted a number of Tier-1 underground contractors.
The contract relates to the underground development and production stoping at the Karari and Deep South underground mines (Carosue Dam). The initial term is four years with scope for a one-year extension at Saracen’s election.
Byrnecut is a specialist underground mining contractor offering a range of services and depth of experience. Local major contracts currently held by Byrnecut include underground mining services at Newcrest’s Telfer gold mine, Northern Star’s Jundee gold mine, St Barbara’s Gwalia gold mine and Sandfire’s DeGrussa copper-gold mine.
Raleigh Finlayson, managing director at Saracen, said that Saracen was looking forward to partnering with the Byrnecut team to build on the safe and highly productive underground mining operation at Carosue Dam.
He said: “This is the largest single contract in Saracen’s history, with the scale and duration of the contract driven by our confidence in a large and rapidly growing gold system at Carosue Dam. I would also like to thank the current contractors RUC Cementation Mining and Pybar Mining Services for their substantial contribution to the impressive ramp-up of the Karari and Deep South underground mines to more than 160,000oz/y of gold.