400 BMA Jobs
BMA pulls the trigger on first construction project in years
Wednesday 26 April 2017
After first flagging the possibility late last year, BHP Billiton has confirmed it will build an 11-kilometre overland conveyor system which will transport coal from Peak Downs mine to the Coal Handling Preparation Plant (CHPP) at the nearby Caval Ridge Mine.
According to BHP, the project will create up to 400 new construction jobs and lock in approximately 200 ongoing operational roles associated with the increased production supported by the new conveyor.
Known as the Southern Circuit Project the new facility will allow BMA to increase its coking coal exports by 4 million tonnes a year.
When the Caval Ridge CHHP was built in 2014, it was designed to have more capacity than was required by the existing Caval Ridge mining operations, and with the new coal from Peak Downs, it will reach its annual 10 million tonne capacity.
BHP Billiton President Minerals Australia, Mike Henry said the project formed the missing link between the two mines.
“This investment furthers our productivity agenda, reduces costs, releases latent equipment capacity, and strengthens our coal business’ global competitiveness,” he said.
“We are committed to Queensland’s Bowen Basin, and this project creates new employment opportunities during construction and locks in ongoing operational roles.
“The investment flowing from the project will help support the local community and
State economy after what has been a difficult time in the region.”
Construction of the project is scheduled to commence later this year and take 18 months to complete. In addition to the new conveyor, BHP says they will build a new stockpile pad and Run-of-Mine station at Peak Downs and upgrade the Caval Ridge CHPP and stockyard.
BMA will also invest in new mining fleet, including excavators, and trucks.
Since coal prices spiked late in 2016, BMA has been using haul trucks to take coal from Peak Downs to the Caval Ridge CHHP.