Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded the Phase 1 contract for the establishment of a new mine for Northam Platinum.

The Booysendal South Central Complex will be established on the same mining lease as Booysendal platinum mine, which is situated in Mpumalanga.

Allan Widlake, new business executive at Murray & Roberts Cementation, says that the contract, due to start in April 2017, is to develop an access decline system which will be established in Phase 1 of the project. Significantly, trackless mining methods will be employed on the access development with load-haul-dumper tramming used to remove the waste rock and ore until the conveyor systems are established and commissioned.

The underground mining contractor will then mine the access decline system, initially inclining to the reef intersection and then declining down through the UG2 reef footwall to continue as on-reef declines to provide access to Phase 2 stoping activities.

A standalone ventilation adit, initially driven on reef and then turning as a strike vent drive, will be developed to intersect the nearest decline.

“Murray & Roberts Cementation is currently the main contractor operating Booysendal North mine, mining both the UG2 and the Merensky ore bodies, and we are extremely proud that we will continue to be associated with Northam Platinum in this way and we will continue to build a sustainable relationship with Northam,” Widlake says.

“The Murray & Roberts Cementation team will apply all lessons learnt from the North Mine in developing the new access decline system as quickly as possible, however as always safety remains a top priority,” he concludes.