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African Underground Mining Services underground hard rock mining contractor, with operations throughout Australia and more recently at Pharaoh Gold's Sukari Hill Project in Egypt. The combination of Ausdrill's African know- how- it's been operating in Africa from its base near the airport in Accra, Ghana since 1991- and Barminco's many years of underground experience has built up a £ 100 million business in just five years, offering clients a full range of underground mining services from consulting and feasibility, management and planning through to mine development and production. Operationally, it runs one of the most modern, mechanised fleets of self- maintained underground mining equipment in Africa. Currently, AUMS is working at two sites in Mali and another six in Ghana, the largest of which is Chirano Gold Mines, owned by Red Back Mining and located in south- western April 10 www. bus- ex. com 115 Until five years ago, AMS was owned and operated as a 50/ 50 joint venture company between Ausdrill and Henry Walker Eltin. Today, it's owned in its entirety by Ausdrill, providing earth moving, drilling and blasting, grade control and civil earthworks contracts for clients such as Ranger Minerals, Gold Fields of South Africa, AngloGold Ashanti and Newmont Ghana Gold. In addition it handles crusher feed, stock pile re- handle and wet and dry plant hire. It even has a fleet of reverse- circulation, diamond and rotary air blast/ core drilling rigs that drill hundreds of exploratory holes. But it does all of this on the surface- meaning that a considerable slice of the mining industry pie lies outside of its comfort zone. The solution to this was to create African Underground Mining Services ( AUMS)- another 50/ 50 joint venture, this time with Barminco, Australia's largest