190 extra peak down trucks
Negotiation breakdown forces miner to improvise on haulage
Wednesday 13 September 2017
The collapse of negotiations between Terracom and Glencore for the sharing of mine infrastructure at Clermont mine has forced Terracom to start hauling Blair Athol coal by road train to the Isaac Plains mine.
According to Terracom, they will aim to load four road trains an hour at Blair Athol, which will then travel 110 kilometres to Isaac Plains mine where they have reached a commercial agreement with Stanmore Coal, and be loaded onto rail.
It constitutes around 190 trips a day along the Peak Downs highway.
The Isaac Regional Council has approved the plan, providing Terracom use a slightly longer - but in their opinion - safer route to access the Peak Downs highway.
Longer term, Terracom says it will recommission the old train line at Blair Athol and build a new train loader - both of which they hope will become operational in 2018.
Nothing has been easy for the new owners of Blair Athol since buying the mothballed mine in late 2016.
While they physically started mining coal in mid-August, the Coal Handling and Preparation Plant (CHPP) and dragline are still not at full production.