Contractor continues to dominate
$189 million contract extension builds on last years $1.3 billion mining services contract.
Wednesday 27 September 2017
Thiess and parent company CIMIC continue to dominate the mining contracting market in the Bowen Basin.
This week Thiess announced a two-year contract extension at the Jellinbah mine worth $189 million, meaning they will continue providing mining services until at least September 2020.
Thiess Managing Director Douglas Thompson said the extension underscores their commitment to lowering costs.
“We are delighted to extend our partnership with Jellinbah Group and continue our focus on producing innovative mining techniques that drive cost efficiencies,” he said.
“We are pleased to continue our long-standing involvement with the Blackwater community.”
In January last year, Thiess secured a five-year $1.3 billion contract to provide mining services at Jellinbah’s Lake Vermont coal mine near Dysart.
However, there could be more work to come with Thiess lodging - and getting approval for - two greenfield enterprise agreements on mines with significant expansions planned.
Greenfield EA’s are agreements where the employees have yet to be employed.
One EA covered future workers at South Walker Creek mine where BHP wants to extend the existing open cut Mulgrave Pit, and the other EA was for future employees at the Peak Downs and Caval Ridge mines.
BHP is planning on building an 11-kilometre overland conveyor system between the two mines which will transport coal from Peak Downs mine to the underutilised Coal Handling Preparation Plant (CHPP) at the 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.
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