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all of those challenges have been anticipated and I would say that is key,” observes Betts.
Contract model
For a junior of Hummingbird’s size taking on the full mining operation would be a monumental task. Instead the company is employing a contractor model using key supplementary companies to perform each duty. All of the major contracts have been signed on the basis of a proven ability to
operate in Africa and an exemplary safety record.
IMAGRI-SARL has been awarded the structural, mechanical, plate work and piping (SMPP) contract and has begun delivering steel work, SENET is overseeing the project as the EPCM contractor and African Mining Services (AMS), a subsidiary of Ausdrill, will take on the contract mining responsibilities post-production – a contract worth $250 million over the life of mine.

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