Tropicana gold mine picks Pentium Hydro

Vysarn’s Pentium Hydro has been chosen for a major services contract at the AngloGold Ashanti-Independence Group joint venture Tropicana gold operation in the Great Victoria Desert of Western Australia
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The Tropicana gold operation in the Great Victoria Desert of Western Australia

Pentium will perform water-well services and dual rotary drilling at the open-pit mine 330km northeast of Kalgoorlie. It will also drill and work on dewatering at various locations of the complex, including open-pit areas, bore fields and the tailings storage facility (TSF).

Parent company Vysarn confirmed Pentium had already commenced procurement of long-lead items. Drill rig and auxiliary plant mobilisation is set for early October.

The contractor's scope of work, which will begin after the mobilisation, should be complete by mid-December.

"This is the fourth rig mobilised by the company in less than a month since acquiring the hydrogeological drilling assets from Ausdrill," MD Sheldon Burt said. "[It] confirms the board's confidence in the underlying demand for the company's assets and services."

The news follows the JV owners' announcement earlier this year that it would undertake a multi-million dollar expansion and development project to go underground at Tropicana.