African Mining Services (AMS), the Ghanaian contract mining subsidiary of mining services company Ausdrill, expects to enter into a contract with Petowal Mining Company SA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toro Gold, to provide a full suite of open pit mining services at the Mako project in Senegal, West Africa.
The contract is expected to generate approximately A$300 million in revenue over a term of 75 months, with mining expected to commence in January 2017.
AMS expects to employ approximately 350 personnel, more than 90% of whom will be local, to complete the works at this project.
While some of the equipment required to perform the drilling, blasting, load and haul, and crusher feed services will be sourced from within the group, the project will require capital expenditure of approximately $25 million for the acquisition of new equipment.
Ausdrill MD Ron Sayers says the company is delighted at being appointed preferred contractor at this new project, which will expand on our West African operations – where AMS has been operating for over 25 years.
“Our deep expertise in the gold sector means our team is perfectly positioned to deliver a successful operation for Toro,” he says Sayers.
The principal terms and conditions of the appointment are subject to full detailed documentation.