Atlas Iron has awarded contracts for the McPhee Project for major haulage, mine load and haul as well as drill and blast, bringing the project one step closer to construction and commissioning.

MACA Mining was awarded the mine load and haul contract, and a separate contract for drill and blast mining services was awarded to the Nyamal joint venture, EWP-Ozland.

Atlas Iron has now awarded five of nine contracts for the project. All contracts are subject to the relevant government approvals being approved.

The McPhee Project is located 100km north of the Roy Hill mine, and situated between the townships of Marble Bar and Nullagine.

The project scope includes haulage of up to ten million tonnes per annum of crushed ore to Roy Hill for processing, transport to the port and shipping.

For this scope, the haulage contract was split between MGM (60 per cent) and REGROUP (40 per cent).

CEO Group Projects at Hancock Prospecting Group, Sanjiv Manchanda, said, “The McPhee Project is another step in the successful integrated Hancock Group development approach focusing on the product strategy for the broader group.

“Atlas will continue to engage local and Indigenous contractors and maintain a practical approach to operations.”

The McPhee Project is expected to commence operations in 2024 with first ore reaching Roy Hill in 2025.

This is subject to the regulatory approvals being granted in early 2023, which will enable the contractors to mobilise to site and commence the works under their respective contracts.

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