About Us

PNPs exceptional track record over the past two decades has opened up pathways to sustainable and highly profitable growth.

Carving out a niche as a preferred mid level underground solutions provider, Pit N Portal is now in its next phase of growth into the Surface / Open Pit sector.

Pit N Portal's History

Two Decades Of Outstanding Service And Growth

Prior to PNPs beginning, Ian Barnard & Steve Versteegen worked together for a National mining equipment hire company. At the time, many surface equipment/dry hire options existed, however, reliable, maintained underground (UG) solutions were less abundant.

Seeing the gap in the market, Ian & Steve harnessed their customer orientated, entrepreneurial spirit and carved out a niche in the UG sector.

Ian Barnard, PNP co-founder

"From the outset, we wanted to maintain a high level of quality control in respect to the field support we delivered to our clients.

Rather than relying on third parties to manage breakdowns, we installed our infrastructure, components, parts inventory, maintenance staff and workshops. Such an approach quickly set us apart from our competitors, and our maintenance focus self-sufficiency has remained to this day."

"As our business evolved, it became clear that the needs of our mining partners were ever-changing.

Rather than apply a 'one size fits all' approach, we've continued to focus on diversifying our offerings and maintaining quality, via vertical integration. PNP upholds a 'solutions-based, best for project' mindset; working with our partners to reach their goals."

Steve Versteegen, PNP co-founder

Over two decades, PNP has attained considerable growth, none of which would have been possible without a customer 1st focus and guidance by its corporate values.


Formed in the heart of the WA Goldfields by Ian Barnard and Steve Versteegen; PNP focused primarily on equipment hire and maintenance. 


Awarded 1st contract to supply underground equipment to a prominent goldfields operation.

PNP expands its service in the greater Goldfields 


Due to rapid expansion, PNP hires its first team of F/T employees and sets up a Welshpool workshop in WA. 

Within two years, had outgrown Felspar Street. 


PNP moves to new larger facilities, located in Division Street Welshpool.

By the end of 2006, the company had expanded to over 40 Full-time employees 


PNPs fleet grows to over 100 units; becoming one of Australia’s largest UG hard-rock hire companies, with National coverage and a small fleet in NZ & PNG. 


PNPs full-service workshop & regional branch in Kalgoorlie. Wins large contract to supply entire fleet/on-site maintenance services to a major Goldfields project. 


Second major equipment/on-site maintenance contract won on a remote WA minesite.

Moved to a purpose built 7800m2 facility in Maddington. State of the art facilities include two dedicated workshops for fabrication, component and mechanical repairs/rebuilds. 


Pit N Portal’s Mining Services division is formed, with the first of multiple mining contracts won.

Full time employees numbered more than 150 skilled workers, including auto electrical, boiler making and mechanical trades. 


Rapid demand for its mining services saw PNP purchase a large Kalgoorlie premises with a full service workshop and lay down facilities.

By this stage, PNP had four major mining services contracts and more than 250 full time employees. 


Undertakes a brand overhaul, officially launching the revamped look; further cementing itself as a ‘Total Mining Solutions Provider’.

Pit N Portal wins its first interstate, full service mining contract in QLD. 


Acquired by Emeco Group. The merger allows Emeco to leverage its core capabilities, expansion into a new market and grows PNPs foothold in the underground sector. 


Commenced significant underground project in the Goldfields region. The project encompasses four mines and associated infrastructure. 

Realising part of its long term strategic direction, Pit N Portal expands into its first Surface Mining Contract, in a remote WA location.

Our Mission

Pit N Portal is a reliable and respected mining solutions provider. 

By applying a partnership model, we develop and nurture our business relationships; producing valuable, viable and sustainable alternatives for the industry. 

Our Vision

Our Vision is clear and simple, to be the most highly respected, preferred solution for the Australian mining sector. 

Our Values

These four principles are the framework for the way Pit N Portal operates its business, how we interact with the marketplace and within the community. 

Solutions Focused

We look past the problem to see the solution 


We quickly adapt, remaining flexible and innovative 

Giving A Damn

For us, near enough is NOT good enough. 


We are humble and treat each other as equals 

Corporate Support And Management

Pit N Portal understands that the activities undertaken on-site are only one facet of the total mining value chain. To provide an outstanding service, a company should provide a wide range of on & off-site client support. 

To produce an exceptional client experience, PNP employs a team of mining professionals who possess a diverse range of valuable skills. They demonstrate a broad comprehension and applied knowledge of the challenges faced in the delivery of remote mining services.

From Operations to Information Technology, PNP is an integrated force that harnesses proven systems, experienced personnel and quality equipment to deliver client success. 

The table shows the senior management team plus an overview of their extensive mining industry experience and knowledge in supporting CEO, Steve Versteegen.

Steve Versteegen


Steve is PNPs founding director. He applies 20+yrs. industry experience in mining, plant & business management to bringing about the best possible client/project outcomes.

Paul Twine

Underground Operations

With a mining career spanning 31 years, Paul develops high performance teams and applies lean methodology to ensure PNPs operational success.

Blair Metcalf

Mine Engineering

To find practical, efficient & cost effective solutions and lowest client pricing, Blair utilises his 20+yrs mining engineering experience, (incl. 15yrs in cost estimation) 

Philip Searle

Manager HSE

Phil’s 20+ yrs of mining industry background and over a decade specialising in HSE is a key element to PNPs group safety mgmt.

Darren Appleton

Asset Manager

Specialising in plant maintenance management, Darrens’ skills and experience span more than 24 years.

Nelson Escobar


Nelson utilises his ample industry experience and problem solving skills to the task of controlling PNPs financial outlook.

Mark Bowden

People & Culture

Mark is a 30yr industry veteran, with 16yrs recruitment experience. His vast network is pivotal for sourcing PNPs talent.

Emeco Group


Emeco Group harnesses its in-house team to oversee the management of PNPs contracts.

Clive Casey

Information Technology

Clive applies 25 years of IT project delivery, software development & support expertise in his role as PNPs IT Manager.