Tara Mines is a zinc and lead mine near Navan, County Meath, Ireland. The orebody lies between 50 and 900 metres below the surface in carbonate-hosted lead-zinc ore deposits. It is the largest zinc mine in Europe and the fifth largest in the world producing 200,000 tonnes of zinc concentrate and 40,000 tonnes of lead concentrate annually.
Byrnecut Mining International Limited was originally engaged to undertake decline and lateral development activities by Outokumpu in 2000 however due to poor economic conditions mining activities were halted during this ownership. When Boliden AB gained ownership of the Project in 2004, the client again looked to Byrnecut to progress the development rates on the site.
Byrnecut’s scope of works included mechanised decline and lateral development including fleet maintenance and work force training.