Capital, a leading mining services company, has announced the award of a material drilling contract in Nevada with Nevada Gold Mines and associated rig purchases, together with an update on the ramp up of operations at its Ivindo iron ore contract in Gabon.
The three-year drilling services contract with Nevada Gold Mines (NGM) in the US spans a wide range of drilling services including diamond, both surface and underground, and underground reverse circulation. Drilling spans a number of operations across NGM including underground diamond drilling in the Leeville underground mine within the Carlin complex, underground RC drilling in Carlin and diamond drilling at the Robertson project within the Cortez complex.
NGM is a joint venture between Barrick (61.5% ownership) and Newmont (38.5% ownership), with Barrick as operator. NGM operates three Tier One gold assets: Carlin, Cortez and Turquoise Ridge, consisting of 10 underground mines, 12 open-pit mines and associated facilities.
The contract will consist of nine rigs and will include equipment with advancements in automation for improved safety and efficiency, Capital said.
The contract is expected to generate annualised run rate revenues of circa-$35 million once all the rigs are fully operational from 2025, at margins commensurate with the broader group, Capital said. The company will purchase new rigs with associated equipment for the contract with capital expenditure expected to be circa-$20 million, predominantly falling in 2024.
In Gabon, the company reported that ramp up of operations at its load & haul, crushing and drilling contract with Ivindo Iron SA, majority-owned by Fortescue, was proceeding well.
“We have now commenced drilling operations to assist in further defining this world-class deposit,” Capital said. “The majority of the mining equipment is now in country with operations also already underway, and crushing due to commence later in the year.”
Peter Stokes, Chief Executive Officer of Capital, said: “This new drilling contract award represents a landmark moment for Capital as we extend our geographic reach in drilling into North America, adding to our existing and growing operations in Canada with MSALABS. It is a strong endorsement of our long-standing commitment to world leading standards in both safety and productivity.
“We are pleased to further expand our services with Barrick, having begun our relationship across operations in Africa before extending more globally, first at the Reko Diq mine in Pakistan, earlier this year, and now to the Nevada Gold mines complex in the United States.
“It is also great to see a continuation of our decisive and strategic move to reposition and improve our contract portfolio, set out in the second half of 2022, focusing on large-scale mine sites and Tier-1 projects with significant growth potential. The addition of world-class contracts in 2023 across Reko Diq, Ivindo and now Nevada presents significant further opportunity and a strong platform as we look into 2024.”