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MACA to carry out open-pit mining services at Roy Hill iron ore operation

MACA Ltd says it has been awarded a mining services contract with Roy Hill Iron Ore Pty Ltd at the Roy Hill iron ore operation in the Pilbara of Western Australia.

The project consists of open-pit mining services, including load and haul and drill and blast, and is expected to generate approximately A$70 million ($50 million) in revenue for MACA over the 12-month term, commencing in early 2022, it said.

MACA says its work in hand position including this contract is currently A$3 billion.

The Roy Hill project is owned by Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd, Marubeni Corporation, POSCO and China Steel Corporation, and is 115 km north of Newman in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

MACA CEO, Mike Sutton, said: “MACA is very pleased to be able to continue working with Roy Hill at its world-class iron ore operation, having commenced civil works at the project earlier this year. Our team has a long-standing relationship with Roy Hill, starting with first mining at the Roy Hill project, and MACA is proud to be an ongoing part of this operation.

“This project will be undertaken utilising existing fleet, contributes to MACA’s secured mining work in hand for financial year 2022 and financial year 2023 and further secures our strong position in the Pilbara region.”

Emapper shoots for the skies after concluding successful METS Ignited backed project

METS Ignited Collaborative Project Funds recipient Emapper has recently brought together industry partners, customers, service providers and supporters to celebrate the completion of its environmental site monitoring project in Australia.

Emapper and collaborative partners developed a multi-scale and multi-source environmental data platform to monitor, manage and reduce mining’s footprint and extend the global capability of mine site rehabilitation technology, according to METS Ignited.

METS Ignited’s industry-matched investment enabled this world-first technology to be rapidly developed and proven with strong support and engagement from customers Roy Hill and Anglo American, it said.

Emapper is an ecological restoration platform that uses UAVs, satellites, mobile field data and IoT sensors to monitor, guide and improve environmental performance. Users can identify and visualise environmental impacts and outcomes using on-demand analysis tools, selecting, procuring and deploying a variety of data sources to suit the sites, activities and requirements of the user. This allows users to produce customised compliance and management summary reports for all restoration and rehabilitation areas to plan, compare and share progress.

Across the life of the METS Ignited-backed project, Emapper has expanded its workforce from three to 10 full-time staff and increased its revenue more than 10-fold at the end of the project (September 2020), with significant growth anticipated in the next five years, METS Ignited says.

Emapper CEO, Julian Kruger, says the project funding has been foundational in bringing its ground-breaking technology to commercialisation, leading to better environmental outcomes and confirming Australia’s position as a global leader in mine rehabilitation.

“The funding helped us to reach our goal of creating a spatial analytics platform enabling faster, cheaper, safer environmental rehabilitation, by providing more data, improved results and better reporting to meet regulatory needs,” he said. “This project would not be possible without our collaborative partners Roy Hill Iron Ore Pty Ltd, Anglo American Metallurgical Coal Pty Ltd, Mount Gibson Iron Ltd, eagle.io Pty Ltd, Astron Environmental Services Pty Ltd and Solais Geoinformatics Pty Ltd.

“We are now focused on continuing to grow our Australian footprint, as well as expanding the service to international markets – everything we have learned from rolling out the platform to clients across all mining jurisdictions throughout Australia can be now applied to our international expansion.”

METS Ignited Industry Engagement Manager, Peter Clarke, says the remote capabilities of the Emapper platform continue to be advantageous to the company’s expansion.

“The great thing about Emapper is that it lets environmental managers and mine operators get amazing insights on their environmental performance whilst remaining remote,” he said. “Julian and the team have found that a number of their local clients who also operate internationally are now picking up on that opportunity.”

DDH1 drilling contractor debuts on ASX after stellar IPO

DDH1 Ltd has officially commenced trading on the Australian Securities Exchange following an initial public offering last week that saw the drilling contractor secure gross proceeds of A$150 million ($115 million) through the issue of around 40% of its shares.

The IPO proceeds were used to allow existing shareholders to realise part of their investment in the company and to repay company borrowings, the company said. The IPO was one of the largest by a Western Australia-based business in the past decade, according to DDH1.

“The ASX listing marks a significant milestone in the evolution of DDH1, which was established in Perth in 2006 with the vision to create Australia’s premier mineral drilling contractor,” the company said. “Over time, DDH1 has earned the custom of Australia’s premier mining companies through its repeated and meticulous service offering of gathering the critical geological data that supports the decision making in respect of all mining activity through the complete cycle of a mine’s life.”

DDH1 has a portfolio of approximately 102 clients, with a financial year 2020 pro-forma revenue of A$249.8 million. Its earnings are diversified across multiple commodities and geographies, with a client base that includes Newcrest Mining, BHP, Evolution Mining, Gold Fields, Independence Group, Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines, Newmont Corp, Ramelius Resources, Rio Tinto, Roy Hill Iron Ore and St Barbara.

It offers both surface and underground drilling services, with diamond coring and reverse circulation rigs on offer.

Sy Van Dyk, DDH1’s Managing Director and CEO, said: “The growth and success of DDH1 to date is testament to the commitment of the whole team, which strives to ensure the safety of all stakeholders while delivering exceptional service to our clients.

“Our long-term client relationships are built on the provision of quality drilling services and a deep understanding of our client’s business needs. The company’s significant market position reinforces the strong levels of industry recognition.”

He concluded: “There is growing demand in the Australian mineral drilling sector for DDH1’s services because of increased exploration, development and production spending by minerals exploration and mining companies. As an ASX-listed company with a strong balance sheet, a committed shareholder base, a disciplined approach to growth and access to capital markets, DDH1 is well positioned to pursue its growth strategy.”

Mineral Resources and Roy Hill remote sites stay connected with Swift Media

Telecommunication and content provider, Swift Media, says it has signed three new contracts to provide fit for purpose entertainment systems at workforce accommodation villages, two of which are for mining clients.

The contracts come with a combined total contract value in excess of A$2 million ($1.23 million), according to the ASX-listed company.

Mineral Resources, which provides mining services to clients throughout Western Australia and the Northern Territory, operates mine sites in the Pilbara and Goldfields regions of WA and ships product through Utah Point and Esperance, has appointed Swift for the provision of PayTV content and ad hoc support and maintenance services to five of its remote accommodation sites, Swift said.

Under a two-year agreement, Swift will provide content to rooms and wet mess areas to service the five remote sites, it explained.

Swift has also been granted a 12-month contract extension from Roy Hill, in Western Australia, where it will continue to provide communications and entertainment services to the Roy Hill iron ore mine village in Western Australia.

Roy Hill is an iron ore mining operation in the Pilbara. Located 340 km southeast of Port Hedland, it has an integrated mine, rail and port facilities and produces 55 Mt/y of iron ore, with approval to increase to 60 Mt/y.

Trio of Pentium Hydro rigs to run at Roy Hill Iron Ore

Roy Hill Iron Ore is to add a third drill rig at its operations in Western Australia after Vysarn subsidiary Pentium Hydro confirmed receipt of an additional purchase order from the company.

The mobilisation of a third rig is part of the general works contract Roy Hill and Pentium Hydro signed back in 2019. This was for dual rotary and reverse circulation water bore drilling services.

Under this contract, Roy Hill may at any time over an initial period of two years (which can be extended by Roy Hill for a further year), submit a work request to Pentium to perform works such as dual rotary and RC water bore drilling services, minor civil earthworks and/or rotary air and conventional drilling services, at locations instructed by Roy Hill.

The third rig being mobilised to Roy Hill, expected to be in place by the end of April, is the eighth rig Pentium Hydro has deployed from its fleet.

Based on the current scope the first phase of the purchase order is expected to be complete within four to five months of mobilisation, Pentium Hydro said.

Roy Hill adds another Pentium Hydro rig to its iron ore operations

Vysarn says its Pentium Hydro subsidiary has received a further purchase order to supply a second rig under a general works contract with Roy Hill Iron Ore.

The estimated first phase value of the purchase order is around A$1.3 million ($890,882) and, based on the current scope, is expected to be complete within three to four months of mobilisation. Pentium plans to mobilise to site by the end of January.

Pentium Hydro, in late 2019, entered into a general works contract for dual rotary and reverse circulation water bore drilling services with Roy Hill.

Pentium Managing Director, Sheldon Burt, said: “Pentium is pleased with the award of the additional work from Roy Hill Iron Ore. The award of this work further strengthens the company’s strategy as a premium dewatering service provider specifically to Tier One mining clients.

“We are pleased that the Pentium service offering is being considered so soon following the acquisition of the drilling assets in August 2019 and we look forward to continuing to build relationships in the industry.”

Pentium Hydro and Roy Hill Iron Ore sign drilling contract

Vysarn’s wholly-owned subsidiary Pentium Hydro says it has entered into a general works contract for dual rotary and reverse circulation water bore drilling services with Roy Hill Iron Ore in Western Australia.

Under this contract, Roy Hill may at any time over an initial period of two years (which can be extended by Roy Hill for a further year), submit a work request to Pentium to perform works such as dual rotary and RC water bore drilling services, minor civil earthworks and/or rotary air and conventional drilling services, at locations as instructed by Roy Hill.

Pentium has already received and accepted the first work request from Roy Hill for dual rotary drilling and construction dewatering production bores with depths of up to 100 m at the miner’s iron ore operation in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, with the estimated value of this work request being some A$2 million ($1.4 million).

Dependant on the timing of receipt of the purchase order and, subject to mobilisation of the rig prior to Christmas, it is expected this work request package based on the current scope would be complete within four to five months.

Pentium Managing Director, Sheldon Burt, said: “Pentium Hydro is delighted with the award of a contract with a client of Roy Hill Iron Ore’s standing. We are committed to building strong relationships and the development of these relationships is a core component of Pentium’s long-term strategy to be a leading hydrogeological water well service provider in Australia.”