North of Western Australia
Telfer, Western Australia
September 2005 - Life of Mine
Decline, level development, rehabilitation, sublevel cave and longhole stope production
Byrnecut has been involved with Newcrest at Telfer since late 2005.
The Telfer contract is one of Byrnecut’s largest operations, and recently expanded with the addition of the Western Flanks orebodies. Byrnecut has been involved with Newcrest at Telfer since late 2005, with the mine being operated as both an open pit and underground mine since 1977.
We undertake all underground mining activity on the site, from large-scale sub-level caving operations to smaller, narrow-vein, high-grade reef stopes. In the past, the mine has made extensive use of autonomously operated loaders tipping into ore-passes, with chute-loaded trucks hauling material on a consolidated haulage level to the main crushing station. Ore is then hauled to surface by shaft.
As the mine progresses deeper, below the crushing station, the mine is transitioning to conventional loader to truck haulage operations. Telfer is one of Byrnecut’s proving grounds for new technology, with automated jumbos and remote longhole drills recently commissioned.
Under a separate contract, Byrnecut also completed the 1,100m, 7.5m diameter concrete-lined haulage shaft.
The Telfer mine, in the remote north of Western Australia, is accessed by sealed and unsealed roads, and air transport. Byrnecut operate the mine on a fly-in, fly-out basis from Perth, and currently employs over 280 people on the project.
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