Global mining services provider Thiess has been awarded a contract at Minera Centinela’s Esperanza Sur copper mine, located in the Sierra Gorda District, Antofagasta, Chile.
The contract will commence in February 2024, with Thiess to deliver services including mining operations, maintenance and asset management at the copper project for Minera Centinela, a joint venture between Antofagasta Minerals and Marubeni Corporation.
Thiess Executive Chair and CEO Michael Wright said: "This award continues Thiess’ long-standing partnership with Minera Centinela, which is guided by safe and sustainable mining practices, and will deliver long-term benefits to the Antofagasta region.
“We look forward to continuing our growth as we contribute to Chile’s copper industry, a metal that is vital to the world’s transition to clean energy.”
Thiess Group Executive Americas Darrell White said: “This project will build on the safe, sustainable mining services we have provided to Minera Centinela on other projects over the years, from Encuentro Oxides in 2015 to Llano, which we are currently delivering.
“We recently achieved more than 2.8 million work hours without a lost-time incident in Chile, and have built trusted relationships with local communities and suppliers, as we continue to build and develop our workforce.”
Thiess will work to increase diversity at all levels at Esperanza Sur by expanding its existing scholarship program for women operators, and commencing the second cohort of its apprenticeship program to train and empower women living in the Antofagasta region who have an interest in maintenance.
The company has also established partnerships with local suppliers to provide essential services and is committed to encouraging local employment.