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Thiess ramps up production at Anthill Copper Project

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Thiess’ 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 2021.

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 the 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.”

Thiess’ 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 added.

“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 t of copper cathode from mid-2022.”

Mobilisation milestones

  • 28 November 2021: First digger arrived on site for assembly.
  • 3 December 2021: Johnson Creek diversion works commenced.
  • 5 January 2022: First mining crew arrived on site.
  • 5 January 2022: Second digger was commissioned.
  • 7 January 2022: First bucket of waste was moved out of the East Pit.
  • 12 January 2022: Johnson Creek diversion works were completed.
  • 26 January 2022: Fourth (and final) mining crew arrived on site.

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