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Swick wins MMG drilling contract

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Swick Mining Services has been awarded an underground drilling contract for MMG's Golden Grove and Rosebery mines.

According to a company statement, Swick's new contracts cover the underground diamond coring requirements for the two mines for a period of up to five years.

Swick will start operations in the new year, with a total of eight, full time rigs deployed across the two mines by the end of January 2014.

The Golden Grove copper zinc mine is located in WA's Mid West Region, while MMG's Rosebery mine produces copper, lead, and zinc on Tasmania's West coast.

Kent Swick, the contractor's managing director, said the company is "very proud to have been selected as the new contractor for MMG's underground coring work".

"MMG has significant assets in the APAC region and we look forward to developing the same strong working relationship we already have with MMG at the Duglad River project in Queensland with their teams at Golden Grove and Rosebery.

"We appreciate the significant decision that MMG have made in selecting Swick for such a large and important contract, and the operation teams are ready to service MMG and will commence mobilising immediately."

Earlier this year Swick was awarded a number of drilling contracts, and recorded an upswing for its drilling operations at a time when most drilling companies were announcing significant downturns.

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