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Most Improved was won by Vicky Te Oka (L-R) Dwayne Parsons was awarded Best Back Steve Beale and Chris Dunphy, MIPEC csg Jo-Anne Burke, DB Scaffolding; Susan McGuire, Mayogroup dragline Best and Fairest was won by Rhys Giles Greg Byrne, Downing; Ian Reed, QNP Best and Fairest was won by Rhys Giles Most Improved for Crushers was Brendan Fuller (L-R) Players Player was won by Adam Stewart (L-R) Crushettes Best Back was Tasma Vesey Construction

Caledon reimagines "old Cook”
INNOVATION the key to unlocking million more tonnes from region’s oldest mine.
Wednesday 15 July 2015  

CALEDON Resources believes it is on track to meet its export obligations through the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) following the renovation of the Cook Colliery in Blackwater.

As one of the founding partners in WICET, Caledon is bound by take-or-pay contracts to deliver around four million tonnes of coal for export through the terminal in 2016.

It has spent the last 24 months trying to work out how they could expand output from Cook Colliery after their Minyango Greenfield project became mired down in government approvals.

However, after stumbling upon some cost effective longwall machinery built in China, Caledon have now refitted the state’s oldest board and pillar mine as a longwall operation and have even increased their workforce in the process.

Caledon Coal managing director, Brett Garland, said they were proud of their achievements.

"This is a major investment and as a result, we were not only able to put new equipment into the mine but increase the employment up to 330, and there's not too many around that are saying that type of thing," he told local media.

Despite the changes implemented at the mine, Mr Garland says the current coal prices mean they cannot even “look at turning a profit” at this time.

On that basis, Mr Garland had nothing but praise for the Chinese-owned investment group Gram, that pumped more than half a billion dollars into Caledon in 2011.

"None of this would have been possible without the Chinese investment through Gram - the mine, the employment, the whole thing would not have survived without the purchase of the company by Gram and the follow-up investment," he said.

"It is a vote of confidence in the Central Queensland region as a whole, in the people - particularly the people of Blackwater and our workforce."

Back in 2014, Mr Garland said the decision to re-invent Cook Colliery had been a risky one.

“We went through a number of scenarios looking at how we could beat the time frames for Wiggins Island, and the one that kept hitting us in the face was good old Cook Colliery,” Mr Garland said at the time.

“The longwall back in the 80s wasn’t real successful, and every man and his dog has had a go at it, and everybody has lost money.

“And we thought, in for a penny, in for a pound, we had better start looking at what we could do.”

In April this year, Caledon signed a new eleven year contract with Aurizon that would see an eightfold increase in the volume of coal it exports from its mines in Central Queensland.

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