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Gruyere recruitment drive ramping up

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

The developers of Western Australia’s next world-scale gold operation, the Gruyere Gold Project, are looking for a new resource – people.

The Gruyere mine is approximately 200 kilometres east of Laverton and is being developed in joint venture by the Gruyere Mining Company Pty Ltd, a member of the Gold Fields Limited Group (Gold Fields) and Gold Road Resources (Gold Road).

Gold Fields Executive Vice President Australasia Stuart Mathews said with the construction of the project entering the advanced stages there was now an increased focus on employing the many workers needed to sustain the project as it enters the production phase.

Mr Mathews said Gold Fields, which will operate the mine, was currently in the market for 90 permanent new members of the Gruyere production team. While mining contractor Downer EDI would need a production related workforce of 154.

The Gold Fields’ roles being offered at Gruyere include process plant operators, electrical and instrumentation technicians, crane operators, boilermakers and laboratory technicians.

“Gruyere is mine of global significance that based on our recently updated mine plan will produce average annual production of 300,000 ounces per annum over the current 12 year mine life. We will need a diverse, skilled and committed team to make that happen,” Mr Mathews said.

“Because of its remote location, Gruyere will be a fly-in/fly-out operation so a major focus of the infrastructure development at the mine has been on building quality accommodation and a positive work environment”.

The Gruyere operation is two hours flying time from Perth with a fully sealed airstrip serviced by jet aircraft; the accommodation is walking distance from the strip and the camp includes quality rooms with facilities including a gym with personal trainers, basketball and tennis courts plus a cricket pitch.

Wi-fi bandwidth at the site is on average 400 times faster than Perth.

“The facilities are exceptional but even more important for me is that we are offering the chance to be part of Western Australia’s newest gold operation from the outset, to be a part of history when we pour first gold in the June 2019 quarter,” Mr Mathews said.

“The Gruyere joint venture with Gold Road is a fantastic edition to our three existing operations – St Ives, Granny Smith and Agnew – which allow us to deliver jobs, growth and investment in Western Australia.”

By the end of November, the overall Gruyere project was 85% complete and work had started on the mine pit.

The major equipment and materials required to complete construction have been transported to site with the remaining works focussed on piping, electrical, instrumentation and plant systems, commissioning has commenced and will continue through Q1 of 2019.

Gold Fields is the third largest gold producer in Western Australia which contributes to the local and national economy by providing jobs for more than 2,200 people and spending almost three-quarters of a billion dollars each year.


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