Jobs to come back for
Local contractor hopes $50M worth of work will bring people back to the industry.
Wednesday 15 November 2017
BMA has awarded contracts worth more than $50 million this week for the construction of a new 11-kilometre overland conveyor linking Peak Downs mine with the Coal Handling Preparation Plant (CHPP) at the neighbouring Caval Ridge Mine.
Mackay-based G&S Engineering has been awarded a $9.5 million work contract, while CIMIC Groups CPB Contractors has been awarded $38 million worth of work.
G&S CEO Mick Crowe said the project was a great opportunity and they will be recruiting new people to get the job done.
“This is a great project to deliver a homegrown solution, bringing together our local knowledge of the Caval and Peak sites along with our high-quality infrastructure and construction experience in the Bowen Basin,” he said.
“Importantly for the broader industry as a whole, it is a good solid contract that is going to be worth people coming back to the sector for.
“For a long time coal has been a sector where people didn’t see any long-term opportunity, but these are real jobs for real people.”
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 a new mining fleet, including excavators, and trucks.
“The progression of this important project for our business means we can continue to safely and productively produce our high-quality metallurgical coal for steelmaking around the world.” BMA Asset President, Rag Udd said this week.
Since coal prices spiked late in 2016, BMA has been using haul trucks to take coal from Peak Downs to the underutilised Caval Ridge CHHP.