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Production ramps up at Anthill Copper Project
Our Australia team has made major strides to mobilise at the Anthill Copper Project following the award of a three-year mining services contract in December.
The scope of works includes loading and hauling waste and ore to meet the client’s growing development and production needs.
Anthill Site Manager Glen McDonald recognised his team’s efforts, with the support of our functional teams, to safely assemble people, equipment and support services over the past two months.
“We’ve consistently delivered on project milestones – safely, efficiently and with pride,” Glen said.
“This is recognition of our team’s ability to deliver and embed Thiess’ principles into how we work.”
Glen also recognised members of our team in Western Australia who flew to the project to support early creek diversion works.
“As a global business we are fortunate to be able to draw on expertise within and across state and international borders,” Glen said.
“Their multi-commodity knowledge and experience ensured we were able to complete the works on time and budget.”
Our Anthill team is moving into the final stages of mobilisation recently welcoming new team members and a second fleet to the project.
“We’ve quickly mobilised and commissioned two excavators, including a Liebherr 9350 and Liebherr 994B, to support the sites production requirements,” Glen said.
“This has enabled us to commence waste stripping and the construction of the ROM stockpile ready for ore mining in the coming months.”
“These efforts are also ensuring our client is on track to produce 10,000 tonnes of copper cathode from mid-2022.”
- 28 November – First digger arrived on site for assembly
- 3 December – Johnson Creek diversion works commenced
- 5 January – First mining crew arrived on site
- 5 January – Second digger was commissioned
- 7 January – First bucket of waste was moved out of the East Pit
- 12 January – Johnson Creek diversion works were completed
- 26 January – Fourth (and final) mining crew arrived on site.
The Anthill Project is an open cut mine producing copper located 80 kilometres north-west of Mount Isa in Queensland.
You can find out more about the project on our website.