Voskhod is situated 16km away from Khromtau a small mining town approximately 90km away from the administrative centre of Aktobe in western Kazakhstan. Voskhod operates an independent deposit and has approximately 20 million tons of high grade ore reserves.
Central Asia Mining LLP (CAM) was established in 2006 as a Kazakhstan / Australian Joint Venture. Founders of Central Asia Mining are Vostokshakhtostroy JSC (Kazakhstan) and Byrnecut Mining International Limited, which is 100% owned by Byrnecut Offshore Pty Ltd (Australia).
Voskhod was the first fully mechanised underground mine utilising modern mining technology in Kazakhstan, commencing with lateral development activities and then progressing to production activities. Two shafts were also completed to provide fresh and return airway systems.
Byrnecut’s scope of works include portal construction, decline, vertical and lateral development and rehabilitation, production drilling, blasting and haulage. Byrnecut also manages all fleet maintenance.
Using sub-level caving stoping methods the project aims to extract 750,000t of ore per year.
All milestones have been completed whilst overcoming extremes in weather, cultural and locality challenges. Expatriates and local personnel have worked in harmony throughout the contract, overcoming language and cultural barriers.
In the final years, Byrnecut’s commitment to safety and training was seen with the successful transition to a fully nationalised underground workforce, with expatriates employed only to cover mining, electrical, maintenance and OH&S management.