Macmahon and WesTrac deliver truck assembly first
- May 22, 2012
Macmahon and the Tropicana Gold Mine have already started delivering benefits to the local economy with the assembly of Caterpillar 793F trucks to be used at the project, undertaken at WesTrac's Kalgoorlie branch for the first time.
The trucks were assembled for Macmahon, which will conduct mining operations at the mine, located 330km east-north-east of Kalgoorlie.
Macmahon Executive General Manager Surface Mining Fraser Ramsay said the trucks would now start the journey to the Tropicana Gold Mine, where mining operations commence in July.
"When we secured the contract for mining operations at Tropicana, it was important both to Macmahon and our client AngloGold Ashanti to maximise the benefits for the local region," he said.
"WesTrac had the expertise and the facilities to assemble the trucks in Kalgoorlie, but it was something that had never been done before.
"Macmahon has been very pleased with the results, which has not only seen the assembly process progress smoothly, but has proven this type of work can be done in Kalgoorlie and deliver benefits to the local economy."
The five 793F trucks will be transported to the Tropicana Gold Mine over the next two weeks ahead of the commencement of mining operations.
The Tropicana Gold Mine is a joint venture between AngloGold Ashanti Australia Ltd (70 per cent and manager) and Independence Group NL (30 per cent), with Macmahon contracted to conduct mining operations at the site.
Tropicana Gold Mine General Manager Duncan Gibbs welcomed Macmahon's decision to use Westrac's Kalgoorlie facilities to assemble the Tropicana mining fleet.
He said the Kalgoorlie assembly offered practical benefits but also enabled locally based business to benefit from development of the new mine.
"Our approach with Tropicana has been, where practicable, to make contracts for both the construction period and the operational period, available for local businesses. We've also established fly-in, fly-out flights out of Kalgoorlie to make it easier for local people to work at the mine."
Mr Gibbs said WesTrac had a first class facility in Kalgoorlie and it had been able to assemble the large-scale equipment efficiently within the timeframe required.
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