Barminco successfully pilots Remote Operations Centre – BROC

Leading underground mining services provider Barminco, a subsidiary of Perenti, has successfully piloted a new operations centre that allows it to remotely operate underground equipment on a client’s mine site anywhere around the world.

In what the company believes is a world first, Barminco operated a machine, working underground, from its head office in Perth at a client mine site in the Goldfields. 

The innovation was made more impressive given the remote operation occurred via the internet, instead of through a fibre-optic cable, which is the method that mine owner-operators have historically used.

Barminco successfully pilots Remote Operations Centre – BROC • Operating remotely from Perth
Operating remotely from Perth

Barminco Chief Executive Officer Paul Muller announced the momentous achievement at the third annual Sandvik Digitalization in Mining Event in Brisbane.

“Barminco has cemented its place as one of the world’s leading underground mining service providers through the use of technology and automation,” Mr Muller said.

“A key strategic initiative under our parent company, Perenti’s, 2025 strategy is to deliver a ‘technology driven future’, and our ability to remotely operate underground machinery from our head office is a significant achievement in delivering on that strategy.”

The Barminco Remote Operating Centre or BROC was successfully trialled in collaboration with Sandvik and Independence Group NL (IGO) back in July of this year.

The new system was trialled in the early morning at Barminco’s Head Office in Hazlemere (Perth, Western Australia) for a machine located at IGO’s Nova Minesite, almost 1000 kilometres away.

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Map Perth to Nova – Distance
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Remote operations onsite at Nova

Barminco General Manager Technology and Innovation Darren Kwok said the trial was a great success.

“Whilst many mine sites have operators remotely operating equipment from the mine’s surface, we are one of the first, if not the first service provider, to operate underground equipment on a client’s site from a much greater distance,” Mr Kwok said.

“BROC enables us to connect multiple sites and operators at the same time, meaning if there is an issue at any point, we have contingencies in place.”

Barminco successfully pilots Remote Operations Centre – BROC • Barminco Remote Loader Operator
Barminco Remote Loader Operator

Barminco’s first trial involved the remote operation of a Sandvik LH517 loader being operated in Perth by Barminco employee, Guy Gilbert and Mr Kwok said Barminco was now working with IGO to make BROC a permanent fixture at their Nova mine site.

“The advantages in improving the safety of our workplace and the efficiencies for our clients are enormous,” Mr Kwok said.

Barminco successfully pilots Remote Operations Centre – BROC • Surface Remote Operations at Nova
Surface Remote Operations at Nova

Independence Group Chief Operating Officer Matt Dusci said the Company was thrilled to be part of the successful trial.

“At IGO, we continually look for ways to improve how we do business and deliver operational excellence. By integrating innovative SMART solutions at our operations, such as working with Barminco on BROC, we improve the safety and wellbeing of our people, realise step change opportunities, and optimise efficiencies and productivity,” Mr Dusci said.

“Our future plan is to have a dedicated remote operating centre manned 24/7 where our team and our client’s people can work collaboratively side by side to deliver a world class mine-site,” Mr Kwok said.

“Clients who work with Barminco should expect more from our business along with the broader Perenti group of companies and BROC is one such example of how we are delivering on this promise.”

Barminco successfully pilots Remote Operations Centre – BROC • Underground remote set up at Nova
Underground remote set-up at Nova

The Sandvik event concludes tomorrow and showcases best practice examples of industry leaders integrating digitalization into their operations across the mining, construction and quarrying industries.

The announcement comes just over a week after Barminco was awarded Large Employer of the Year 2019 at the National Australian Training Awards in Brisbane.

The award acknowledges a company which is focused on upskilling and advancing its employees and we were recognised for our leading focus on ensuring our employees are the best they can be.

Barminco named ‘Australia’s Large Employer of the Year 2019’ at the Australian Training Awards

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Brian Finlay, Group Mgr Training and Patrick Bourke, GM Safety and People accepting the award

Perenti company Barminco was named ‘Australia’s Large Employer of the Year 2019’ at the National Australian Training Awards in Brisbane. This award recognises a company which is focused on upskilling employees.

Barminco Chief Executive Officer Paul Muller said it was an honour to be recognised.

“Our vision is to be the world’s leading hard rock underground mining service provider, and our people are at the core of that vision”.

“We are aiming to significantly increase the size of our business in the next five years in what is a highly competitive labour market and our focus is firmly on training and our integrated people strategy.”

“It is wonderful to be recognised nationally for our work in this area”, Mr Muller said.

Barminco was established in Coolgardie 30 years ago with just 30 employees and today has 3,900 employees across 22 projects in 8 countries and 4 continents.

Key elements of Barminco’s training strategy are the Barminco Training Centres, the first of which has just opened in its Hazelmere head office in Western Australia, with a second facility being replicated on a larger scale in Botswana that is due to open shortly.

“These unique facilities replicate what it is like to be underground. There is a focus on operational skills and they utilise technology to offer customised virtual reality scenarios for all the different underground jobs”, said Barminco’s General Manager, Safety and People, Patrick Bourke. 

“This is a game-changer for us as it ensures new employees go to site with a much better understanding of the underground environment so they are safer and can operate more efficiently.”

“Barminco’s focus on training people extends to several other programs, including its successful apprenticeship program that has been running for more than 20 years and its unique leadership program designed to provide career progression for employees, a key retention tool to develop and progress staff into management roles.”

Mr Bourke said Barminco’s rapid growth was down to the people the Company employed and therefore investment in their training was essential.

“We are extremely proud of our innovative training programs and it has made an enormous difference to our business.”

Barminco was one of three named finalists for the 2019 Australian Training Award – Large Employer of the Year, following a win for the same category at the WA Awards in September.

Barminco named 'Australia’s Large Employer of the Year 2019’ at the Australian Training Awards • Barminco has sucessfully operated apprentiship programs for more than 20 years
Barminco has sucessfully operated apprentiship programs for more than 20 years
Barminco named 'Australia’s Large Employer of the Year 2019’ at the Australian Training Awards • The new Barminco Training Centre replicates the underground environment and provides an authent...
The new Barminco Training Centre replicates the underground environment and provides an authentic training experience
Barminco named 'Australia’s Large Employer of the Year 2019’ at the Australian Training Awards • Virtual Reality blended for effect
Virtual Reality – blended for effect

Ten up as Ausdrill renews as Hockeyroos’ Naming Rights Partner

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The partnership between Ausdrill and the world number two ranked Hockeyroos has been further strengthened with a new two year contract renewal that will take the partnership past a decade.

Mark Norwell Group Managing Director – Perenti and Scott Winter Chief Executive Officer – Ausdrill were at Perth Hockey Stadium with Hockey Australia Chief Executive Officer Matt Favier and the Hockeyroos to celebrate the renewal.

Ausdrill’s association with Australia’s national hockey teams first began in 2011, and its continuation as the Official Naming Rights Partner of the Hockeyroos and the Official Supporting Partner of the Kookaburras will take the partnership up to 2021.

In addition to valuable funding for the Hockeyroos and Kookaburras High Performance Program, the partnership also encompasses a range of other benefits.

Ausdrill is dedicated to supporting Hockeyroos players with career development, study and employment opportunities to assist them during and post playing hockey.

Both parties will develop a joint plan focused on promoting hockey through indigenous engagement and other community development initiatives, while also looking to promote gender diversity in mining. 

“The wonderful, longstanding and ongoing support Ausdrill and Perenti have provided to our two elite national teams has been absolutely invaluable,” said Hockey Australia CEO, Matt Favier.

“Ausdrill has shown incredible loyalty and commitment in its alliance with Hockey Australia and particularly the Hockeyroos, and we look forward to continuing to build on the partnership and strong relationships that have been forged.”

The timing of the announcement comes at a fitting time with the Hockeyroos preparing for their Olympic Qualifying Series against Russia this Friday and Saturday.

Since the start of the partnership the Hockeyroos have risen from seventh to second in the world rankings.

“The Hockeyroos are one of the most successful national sporting teams in Australia and we are proud to be part of that and to extend our partnership with them, the Kookaburras and Hockey Australia for a further two years,” said Scott Winter Chief Executive Officer of Ausdrill.

“This partnership is about supporting the teams on the pitch to help them realise their Olympic dreams as well as supporting the players off the pitch through personal development opportunities.

“This is an exciting time for the team and we wish them all the best for the Olympic qualifier this coming Friday and for the duration of our partnership.”

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Matt Favier – CEO Hockey Australia, Scott Winter – CEO Ausdrill, Emily Chalker, Mark Norwell – Group Managing Director Perenti, and Paul Gaudoin – Hockeyroos Coach after Ausdrill renewed their sponsorship of the Hockeyroos at a function at the Perth Hockey Stadium today, Wednesday October 23, 2019
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Scott Winter – CEO Ausdrill, Mark Norwell – Group Managing Director Perenti, Matt Favier – CEO Hockey Australia, Tim Cherry – General Manager of Commercial Hockeyroos, with the Hockeyroos squad
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Scott Winter – CEO Ausdrill with Rachael Lynch, Georgia Wilson and Grace Stewart from the Hockeyroos team

Perenti delivers on transformational year, forecasts growth in FY20

Diversified mining services company Perenti Global Limited (Perenti) (ASX: PRN) has delivered a strong result, outperforming earnings guidance for the third consecutive year whilst successfully completing the acquisition of underground mining contractor Barminco that has transformed the business.

Perenti Managing Director and CEO Mark Norwell said the FY19 results demonstrated the scale of the Group’s transformation during the year.

“This strong result demonstrates our ability to continue to deliver for our clients in the year whilst ensuring we successfully integrated the Barminco business,” Mr Norwell said.

“We have evolved from an Australian drilling business into a global mining services company, with a workforce of more than 8,000 people working at more than 50 projects across four continents.

“We have used this transformational year to build on our proud heritage by establishing a new operating model and implementing the 2025 Group strategy, with our aspiration to become the indispensable mining services company.

“Our recent group rebrand to Perenti gives us a strong and identifiable brand in the market and a platform to grow our business in the future while the evolution of our tagline to Expect More supports our aspiration and purpose, underlining our commitment to deliver for all our stakeholders.

“With a strong balance sheet and an order book that has grown to $7.0 billion after securing $3.4 billion in new and extended contracts since 1 July 2018, Perenti is well positioned for growth in FY20.”

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Introducing the new name in mining services – Perenti

Ausdrill Limited is pleased to announce that the Ausdrill Group is adopting a new brand and identity, “Perenti“. “Perenti Global Limited” will be the trading name of the Group company and listed entity and will sit above the Industry Sector Groups (ISGs); Surface Mining, Underground Mining and Investments.

The Board considers the new name and brand better reflect the Group’s status as a diversified global mining services group and provides a strong platform that will support the Group’s strategic direction and future growth ambitions. 

The Group’s Managing Director Mark Norwell said the change represents a new chapter in the Group’s proud history and is a natural step given the evolution of the business. 

“Over the past year there has been transformational change within the Group. We have doubled our revenue through the acquisition of Barminco, developed a new strategy and implemented a new operating model to set a platform for future growth.

“We have evolved from an Australian drilling company into a global mining services company that has businesses in surface mining, underground mining and mining support services (our Investment ISG). We have offices and operations in four continents across 13 countries and we employ more than 8,000 people globally.”

Mr Norwell said having a strong, identifiable brand is a critical enabler of the Group’s growth strategy.

“As a group of businesses we are resilient and agile and have the ability to embrace change, a key aspect that is directly embedded in our company principles. We also pride ourselves on successfully operating in many challenging and remote locations the world over.

“This name change is more than cosmetic, it’s an important step in culturally binding our businesses together under a common identity and it supports our new aspiration, purpose and strategy we rolled out earlier in the year,” Mr Norwell said.

Existing customer facing brand names will be retained as they are well established in their respective markets. The Ausdrill name has a long and proud history and that name will be retained for the Group’s surface drilling operations in Australia. In addition, our other iconic brands such as Barminco, BTP, AMS and more, will continue to be used in their own right.

To support the new brand and direction the Group has also evolved its tagline from Bringing More to Mining, to Expect More, underlining a commitment to all its stakeholders. 

“For the Group to achieve our aspiration and deliver our purpose we have to constantly raise the bar in everything we do. Our stakeholders, whether they are customers, suppliers, employees or the communities we operate in, should Expect More from us,” he said.

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Group Managing Director Mark Norwell’s presentation at Diggers and Dealers 2019

Perenti Global was the only mining services company to be presenting at Diggers & Dealers 2019. The message from our Group Managing Director Mark Norwell at the mining forum was clear. The Group has undergone transitional change over the last 12 months, doubling our revenue, bolstering our leadership team and laying the foundation blocks for future growth. These are exciting times to be part of the Group.

AMS appointed preferred open pit mining contractor at Sanbrado

The Group is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, African Mining Services (AMS), has been selected as the preferred open-pit mining contractor by West African Resources Limited (ASX: WAF) at the Sanbrado Gold Project in Burkina Faso.

The Sanbrado Gold Project is a low-cost, high-grade operation located only 90 kilometres from the country’s capital, Ouagadougou, and is the 14th commercial gold mine in Burkina Faso in 14 years.

The project economics are robust, with Sanbrado forecast to have average annual production of 217,000oz gold at All-In Sustaining Costs of less than US$600/oz in its first five years of mine life.

The AMS scope of work includes a full suite of open pit mining services – including site preparation, drill and blast, load and haul, and maintenance works – over a five year term, generating approximately AUD$235 million in revenue under a schedule of rates contract.

AMS anticipates it will employ approximately 190 personnel at the project, with the workforce to be predominantly local. AMS expects to use a mix of new and existing equipment to deliver on the project.

AMS and West African Resources are in the process of finalising the contract terms, which will include the provision of an optional deferred payment arrangement for up to US$10m at a commercial interest rate, with works expected to commence in early CY2020.

Perenti Managing Director, Mark Norwell, said:“A key focus for the group has been to enhance our surface operations in Africa and target substantial growth opportunities across a range of commodities in select African countries.

“Being selected as preferred contractor at the Sanbrado Gold Project is a significant achievement and represents the excellent progress we are making in building on the suite of quality projects on which AMS operates in the region.”

Ausdrill Surface CEO, Scott Winter, said: “The Group has been operating in Africa for almost 30 years and we will draw on our leading expertise in open pit contract mining to deliver on this exciting new gold project for West African Resources.”

West African Resources Managing Director, Richard Hyde, said: “Sanbrado is the highest margin gold project in construction in West Africa and we are on target for approximately 300,000 ounces of gold in the first 12 months of production. We look forward to partnering with AMS to bring this fully funded project into production in mid-2020.”

Barminco secures five year A$800 million contract in Botswana

Diversified mining services company Perenti Global Limited (ASX: PRN) is pleased to announce its subsidiary, leading hard-rock underground miner Barminco, has been awarded a 5-year underground mining services contract at the Zone 5 Mine in Botswana from Khoemacau Copper Mining (Pty) Limited (Khoemacau) worth approximately A$800 million.

Perenti Managing Director Mark Norwell said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded this significant contract in Botswana, a highly desirable country to do business in Africa. This contract award is further endorsement of our acquisition of Barminco and its strong contribution to our international growth strategy.”

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. Barminco’s scope of services includes mine development, establishment of underground mine infrastructure, diamond drilling and mine production at an initial rate of 3.6 million tonnes per annum of copper ore with multiple expansion opportunities.

Barminco will commence mining services in December 2019. In awarding the contract, Cupric Canyon Capital and Khoemacau Chief Executive Officer Johan Ferreira said: “We are delighted to partner with Barminco at Zone 5 to create a safe, largescale, highly productive and fully mechanised mine, delivering high quality employment and sustainable skills development and employment outcomes for Botswana citizens.”

Barminco Chief Executive Officer Paul Muller said: “In addition to excellent safety, quality and productivity outcomes at Zone 5, success will also be measured by the creation of a highly skilled local workforce through effective training, skills transfer and leading technology programs.”

BTP secures 3-year contract extension with Peabody Energy

Diversified mining services company Perenti Global Limited (ASX: PRN) is pleased to announce its earthmoving parts and equipment subsidiary, BTP, has been awarded a three-year extension worth $126 million to its existing contract with Peabody Australia. Under the extension BTP will continue to rent mining and ancillary equipment to Peabody’s coal mines located in the Hunter Valley and Bowen Basin.

BTP has been working as a key partner with Peabody since April 2015. This three-year contract extension is effective from 1 April 2019, with Peabody having an option to extend this by a further two years.

Perenti Managing Director, Mark Norwell, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract extension and look forward to continuing to provide equipment and related services to Peabody, building on the strong relationship BTP has formed with Peabody over a number of years.” Peabody (NYSE: BTU) is the leading global pure-play coal company and a member of the Fortune 500, serving power and steel customers in more than 25 countries on six continents.