PYBAR partners with WesTrac to develop innovative cloud platform

PYBAR is committed to facilitating safer, more productive and sustainable mining. In line with this, we have entered into a partnership with WesTrac to support the development of a cloud-based, single-point data platform – MineQ – that has the potential to revolutionise the industry.

December 15, 2017
Business Systems, Industry 4.0, Innovation, Internet of Things, New South Wales


New Cat R1700 loader

PYBAR in world-first underground trial of next gen Cat R1700 loader

In October, the PYBAR team at the Vivien gold mine in WA commenced the first underground trial globally of the new Cat R1700 loader which is expected to deliver significant productivity and efficiency benefits to underground mining operations.

December 15, 2017
CAT R1700 loader, Development Mining, Fleet, Mine Development, Mine Production, Western Australia


Atlas Copco Easer L increases development rates at Deep South

PYBAR’s application of the latest vertical development technology at Saracen Minerals’ Deep South gold mine in WA has set the mine’s benchmark for vertical development rates. Following a 15 month campaign, the Atlas Copco Easer L proved itself as a more productive and safer alternative to the air leg method.

December 15, 2017
Fleet, Mine Development, Raise Boring, Western Australia


PYBAR awarded rehabilitation work at Mt Lyell mine

Specialist underground mining contractor PYBAR Mining Services has been awarded the contract for the rehabilitation of the main decline at the Mt Lyell copper mine near Queenstown, Tasmania. The contract is PYBAR’s second in the region; the company provides development and production drilling services at the nearby Henty gold mine…

November 21, 2017
Mine rehabilitation, Tasmania


PYBAR's iPlod plod data system

Working smarter with iPlod

iPlod is PYBAR’s new, innovative in-house developed system to improve the capture, storage and use of plod data at our contract mining operations. The platform allows our equipment operators to input their plod data directly into a tablet and upload it to a local version of our database for supervisors…

October 18, 2017
Business Systems, Innovation


Herrenknecht RBR 600-VF raise bore rig

Raise Bore Service – Division Update

2017 has been an exciting year so far for PYBAR’s Raise Bore Division as it further increases our raise boring service capabilities. With the arrival of the new SBM450, Atlas Copco 61RH and the SBM800, we now have seven raise bore rigs in our fleet. The growth of the fleet’s…

October 18, 2017
Fleet, Mine Development, Mine Production, RBR600-VF, Raise Boring


PYBAR's new Procurement & Supply Division

PYBAR increases procurement and supply capabilities

In July, PYBAR restructured its finance and supply departments to facilitate improved procurement and supply capabilities. Our enhanced supply function is now a dedicated Procurement and Supply division, headed up by newly appointed division general manager Tom Devjak. The division has a broad range of responsibilities including sourcing and transporting…

October 18, 2017
Our People, Procurement & Supply


Optimising underground drill and blast performance

Optimising underground drill and blast performance

PYBAR is focused on innovating to enhance the performance of our underground development and production mining services. Part of our internal innovation program is trialling the application of new approaches and technologies to determine and quantify their benefits. Our latest initiative, which commenced in July, aims to optimise underground drill…

October 18, 2017
Development Mining, Drill & Blast, Innovation, Mine Development, South Australia


Early works program expands at Carrapateena

The Carrapateena copper-gold project in South Australia is one of the country’s most exciting new mining projects. PYBAR has been onsite since 2016, completing the mine’s Early Works Program. Our early development works have comprised of site infrastructure establishment, box cut excavation and the development of initially one main decline…

October 4, 2017


PYBAR enhances production drilling capabilities with three new rigs

PYBAR’s Drilling Division has gone from strength to strength in 2017 following a number of new contract wins for a variety of services including production drilling, cable bolting, ITH drilling, and steel casing installation. To service this increased demand and further build our capabilities in this area, we have acquired…

October 4, 2017