Hughes Drilling deepens Fortescue collaboration

Hughes Drilling has been awarded a grade control drilling contract for Fortescue’s Solomon Hub mines, which represents an extension of the successful collaboration between the two companies established last year through the signing of a three year contract for mine grade control at Fortescue’s Christmas Creek mine.

Image credit: Flickr User: Michael Thirnbeck
Image credit: Flickr User: Michael Thirnbeck

According to the ASX announcement by Hughes Drilling, the grade control drilling program will be performed by JSW, a subsidiary of Hughes Drilling, and their Aboriginal JV partners, Eastern Guruma.

The new contract commenced using three drills and is ramping up to five grade control drills with several of the drills operating double shifts.

The JV has 30% Aboriginal employment participation of both Fortescue Grade control contracts and follows the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA’s award to JSW for excellence in indigenous training. The JV grade control works for FMG Fortescue mines have estimated $25 million revenue for 2014.

JSW has also recently commenced on mine site drilling for the recovery of PQ3 diameter diamond cores at the Christmas Creek mine.

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