Specialist underground mining contractor PYBAR Mining Services has been awarded the contract for the rehabilitation of the main decline at the Mt Lyell copper mine near Queenstown, Tasmania.
The contract is PYBAR’s second in the region; the company provides development and production drilling services at the nearby Henty gold mine, which re-commenced gold production earlier this year.
Brendan Rouse, PYBAR CEO, said: “We are delighted to be working with CMT to rehabilitate the Mt Lyell decline and look forward to forming a collaborative partnership with the client and building on our relationship with the local community.”
CMT’s General Manager of the Mt Lyell mine Peter Walker said CMT was pleased to have chosen PYBAR as it has an excellent reputation in the mining industry and the experience to complete the work to the standard required.
“This work is essential to bring a relatively old decline up to modern ground support standards and we are confident PYBAR will do this work safely and on time,” Walker added.
PYBAR will rehabilitate 4.4 km of the 40 year old main decline down to level 18. The work is expected to take three to four months.