Thiess announced its selection as preferred mining services contractor for the Anthill Copper Project near Mount Isa in Queensland in Australia. Austral Resources has notified Thiess of their intention to enter exclusive negotiations to finalise the terms of a three-year mining services contract. Under the scope of works, Thiess will operate and maintain two mining fleets, undertaking mining services to support Austral Resources’ copper production requirements. Thiess CEO and Executive Chairman Michael Wright said: “Thiess has a long history operating in the Mount Isa region dating back to the early 1960s, and we’re very pleased to be back. With our selection as preferred contractor, Austral Resources has recognised our team’s specialist mining capability and our flexible approach to meet the needs of their mine. This project is very important to Thiess as we continue to diversify our business across commodities, mining regions and services. We are positioned well to support Austral Resources and the local community, with the right equipment, technical capability and operations team.” The Anthill Project is located approximately 80km northwest of Mount Isa and will extend copper production from the existing Lady Annie Operations.