Thiess has been awarded a A$420 million (US$303 million) contract extension by Antofagasta Minerals to continue operations at the Encuentro open pit located in northern Chile. Under the four-year contract extension, Thiess will continue to provide mining services with a scope of works comprising of drilling, load and haul, mobile equipment maintenance, and mine services.

“It’s great to see Thiess continuing their work at the Encuentro project and building on the strong relationship they’ve established with AMSA over the past three years,” CIMIC Group Chief Executive Office Michael Wright said. “This contract reinforces the team’s engagement with and understanding of the client to ensure they are delivering the best solutions possible.”

According to CIMIC Group Executive Mining and Mineral Processing and Thiess Managing Director Douglas Thompson, since operations began in 2015, more than 70 million cubic meters have been moved.

Planned future improvements include investment in maintenance infrastructure, a fleet management system and transfer to Thiess of short-term mine planning responsibilities.