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Eightfold increase for Caledon
WICET up and exporting a catalyst for bold growth plan at Blackwater.
Wednesday 29 April 2015  

CALEDON Resources has signed a new 11 year contract with Aurizon that will see an eightfold increase in the volume of coal it exports from its mines in Central Queensland.

The coal will be railed from Cook Colliery at Blackwater and exported through the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) in Gladstone, which will itself has exported its first shipment of 75,000 tonnes of coal this week.

In announcing the new deal with Caledon, Aurizon said the new hauling contract represented a new modern agreement and represented a major investment in the future of coal.

“The new-form contract will deliver a modern and flexible agreement for both Caledon and Aurizon and cements a long-term relationship between the two companies for the haulage of coal,” Vice-President of Commercial & Marketing at Aurizon, Mauro Neves, said.

“The contract was contestable and supersedes Aurizon’s existing contract for 500,000 tonnes per annum, and Aurizon is delighted to renew and extend its relationship with Caledon through to 2026.

“With these significant expansion tonnages, Caledon is showing great confidence in the strong future of the Queensland coal sector, and Aurizon is pleased to partner with Caledon in this growth.”

Caledon CEO, Brett Garland, was unavailable for comment as he is in meetings with the board of Caledon in China this week.

However, late last year, Mr Garland said with their first preference greenfield Minyango project bogged down in the approvals process, Cook Colliery - or “old Cook” as he liked to call it - was shaping up to be the only source of coal the company has to deliver on take-or-pay contracts at WICET.  

Using a lot of in-house innovation and Chinese machinery, Mr Garland said they had been able to redefine what was feasible at Cook and now had a plan for ramping up production to 3.5 million tonnes a year.

“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 told the Bowen Basin Mining Club in Emerald in October 2014.

“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.”


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