Jobs to flow at Caval
$440 million worth of contracts awarded by BMA as work ramps up.
Wednesday 25 October 2017
Mining contractor Thiess has secured BMA contracts worth $440 million this week for work on the construction of BMA’s Caval Ridge Southern Circuit project.
BMA confirmed in April that it would build an 11-kilometre overland conveyor system to 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.
Shift Miner first flagged the contract win in August when Thiess got approval for two greenfield Enterprise Agreements with some notable elements, including annualised wages of around $97,000 for a production level employee through to nearly $120,000 for a level three tradesperson (based on a rotating, even-time 12-hour roster). By the fourth year of the agreement, these annualised salaries increase to around $102,000 and $126,000 respectively.
Thiess Managing Director Douglas Thompson said the contracts would create new jobs.
“We’re extremely proud to be partnering with BMA, building on our long-standing history in Central Queensland,” he said.
“This contract will enable Thiess to deliver productivity efficiencies, working with BMA to bring additional job opportunities to the region.”
Since coal prices spiked late in 2016, BMA has been using haul trucks to take coal from Peak Downs to the Caval Ridge CHHP.
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.
In September 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.