Barminco has been awarded a five-year underground mining services contract with Khoemacau Copper Mining at the Zone 5 copper mine in Botswana worth approximately A$800 million ($560 million). Khoemacau’s Zone 5 operation is a new, large and long-life mine development project located in the highly prospective Kalahari copper belt in Botswana.

Commencing in December, the contract scope includes mine development, underground mine infrastructure establishment, diamond drilling and mine production at an initial rate of 3.6 million metric tons per year.

“As well as safety, quality and productivity outcomes, our success at Zone 5 will be measured by our ability to create high-quality citizen-employment opportunities in the Botswana through our training and skills transfer programs and deploying leading underground mining technologies,” said Paul Muller, CEO, Barminco. “We are excited about the unique opportunity we have at Zone 5 to make a real difference and we look forward to sharing future updates on this ground-breaking project.”

At peak operations in the current scope, the mine will employ more than 500 people, including approximately 400 high-quality roles for Botswana citizens.