Tara Mines Ireland


Nearest Town
Navan, County Meath, Ireland

Outokumpu then Boliden

Zinc and lead

Contract Duration
2000 - 2006

Mechanised Lateral Development and Production Activities, Fleet Maintenance and Workforce Training

Tara is a zinc and lead mine near Navan in County Meath, Ireland. The orebody lies between 50m and 900m 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 was originally engaged to undertake decline and lateral development activities by Outokumpu in 2000. However, mining activities were halted due to poor economic conditions. When Boliden AB gained ownership of the Project in 2004, the client again looked to us to progress the development rates on the site.

The scope of works included mechanised decline and lateral development, including fleet maintenance and workforce training.

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