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Western Areas’ Cosmos Nickel Mine | Odysseus Shaft

Client:Western Areas Ltd.
Location:Western Australia
Contract Duration:15 Months
Scope of Works:

Design of the permanent Western Areas Odysseus Shaft (also known as Cosmos) infrastructure, design, fabrication and supply of all temporary infrastructure and the provision of plant, resources, and services for the equipping of the Cosmos Shaft.

This Scope of Work includes the following:

  • Shaft Barrel support, excavation and fit-out, including structures and services
  • Chip Handling Level plug support
  • Mid-shaft plug support
  • Shaft plats construction
  • Cosmos Shaft Bottom and Loading Level slot excavation, construction and equipping
  • Permanent Headframe erection and major equipment installation which includes:
    • Rope Sheaves
    • Guide Rope anchoring and adjustment system
    • Jack Catches and related devices
    • Skip tipping frames and power pack
  • Rope installation, including winder ropes and guide ropes
  • System commissioning and assistance which includes:
    • Dry commissioning of facilities
    • Assistance during the materials handling system integration and wet commissioning


Vacant Underground Shaft Sinking Miners Perth
Client:Western Areas Ltd.
Location:Western Australia
Contract Duration:15 Months

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Nick Maguire Manager Mechanised Mining and Raise Boring

Nick Maguire

Manager Mechanised Mining and Raise Boring

Since 1996, Nick’s career to date has predominantly involved underground metalliferous mining.
His experience gained during this time has been from the ground up, having spent years working underground at the ‘coal face’ through to statutory and senior management positions on site and at corporate head offices. This has given Nick an in depth knowledge of all aspects associated with underground mining.

Tracey Chan

Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Tracey is a CPA qualified Accountant with over 22 years’ experience, 9 of which have been with RUC Mining Contractors as Financial Controller.  Prior to her tenure with RUC Mining, she worked in various industries including engineering and construction, property and telecommunications across Perth, Melbourne and London.  Tracey leads the Finance, Procurement, and supply chain functions, supporting internal and external stakeholders, while also managing company secretarial obligations for RUC Mining and its subsidiaries.

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