There are many scenarios that might result in a mine owner looking for assistance from a contract miner. Choosing the right contracting strategy can be something of a mine-field (see what I did there?), depending not only upon the project objectives the mine owner is trying to achieve. But also, a mix of other considerations such as: operating experience; in house capability (or “bench strength”); resources (people and equipment); attitude to risk; geographic location; and financial capacity – to name just a few. Often the timing around engagement of a mining Contractor is a critical consideration as well.