Thiess has been awarded a four-year mining services contract that will take it to the Mount Holland lithium operation in Western Australia.
The agreement, which includes drill and blast, overburden and ore mining, and equipment maintenance, also will include a staunch focus on environmental protection and community development.
Mobilisation of Thiess crews has already commenced, and early mining work began in January, the company said 10 March.
Mount Holland’s owner, Perth-based Covalent Lithium, is a joint venture between Wesfarmers and Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM).
Mount Holland, about 105 kilometres south of Southern Cross, is expected to produce about 50,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide annually over a 40-year mine life. Its focus will be on end uses in Australia and worldwide for lithium batteries and battery-based energy storage systems.
The mine and concentrator are located on a brownfield area that was previously the Bounty gold operation; it was largely left unrehabilitated, Covalent said.