Gold mining contractors selected for Norseman

The company behind the revival of Norseman’s historic goldmines has appointed contractors for its planned open-pit and underground mining operations.   Pantoro this week advised the ASX Hampton Mining & Civil Services had been selected as the preferred open-pit mining contractor and WestAuz Mining as the preferred underground mining contractor.

Pantoro said both contractors were selected based on key criteria, including recent experience in the style of mines to be operated at Norseman, ready access to key personnel already recruited, and agreement to commit new plant and equipment to the project.

Both contracts are expected to be finalised in the coming weeks, with mobilisation to site planned for next month. The company said construction was well advanced, with first production on track for August.

“All equipment from international sources has now been received and construction is advancing in line with the project schedule,” it said.

Meanwhile, drilling at Norseman has continued to be focused on the Scotia Mining Centre.

“As previously advised, Pantoro is currently preparing to upgrade mineral resources and ore reserves at Scotia late in the current quarter,” it said.

The company has outlined an initial seven-year mine life, and forecast average annual production of 108,000oz.