On 1st December 2012, Dawnus Mining Services commenced a mining operations contract at Marampa Iron Ore Mine in Sierra Leone. Marampa Mine is located in Lunsar, 75km by road north-east of the capital Freetown.
Dawnus was appointed as the principal mining contractor for the first phase of the works, over a 36 month contract. To yield our clients' 3.6MTpa concentrate requirement, Dawnus carried out open pit mining and loading 14MT of feed material into the process plants, equating to 1,600 tonnes per hour, 24 hours a day.
These Phase 1 operations were made up of 70% of existing tailing and 30% mineral rich arisings. To achieve this, Dawnus deployed a fleet of 9 prime mover excavators, 15 dozers, 60 articulated dump-trucks and associated support equipment with circa 70 expatriate supervisors and managers to ensure our client's targets are met.
On all our projects in West Africa we have employed local people and provided training and development in a range of construction disciplines, to European standards. To support this training and development, Dawnus constructed a Training Academy at Marampa Mine, which supported a team of five trainers, and includes two classrooms and office space, along with a secure external training ground. Plant and equipment was allocated to the Academy for training.
Trainees at the Academy were given employment at the mine, along with the resources and materials they will require to complete their training.
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