Type: Mining


Project UPDATE : Yallourn Coal Mine

A major mining contract has been signed, which will see the extension of an existing joint venture’s participation in a Victorian coal operation. The joint venture, comprising Roche, Linfox and Thiess (RTL) has been awarded a contract to continue mining operations at the Yallourn mine in the LaTrobe Valley.

The deal will see Energy Australia extend RTL’s existing operations at the mine to 2026. The contract will generate revenue of approximately $450 million for RTL. RTL and Energy Australia have provided mining services at Yallourn since commencing operations in 2000.

RTL has previously introduced a new and innovative coal mining technique using highly modified CAT D11R carry dozers pushing to feeder breakers. The new contract will see the continuation of mining of overburden and coal and includes the maintenance of an extensive network of conveyors and other infrastructure.

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Project UPDATE : Central Eyre Iron

A key contact has updated industry following a major milestone achieved by a South Australian iron ore development. Iron Road has received a mining lease and development approval for the Central Eyre Iron Project on the Eyre Peninsula. If the company meets the conditions of the approval, the project is anticipated to create 2000 jobs during construction and 700 jobs over the 25-year life of the mine.

Iron Road project approvals manager Laura Johnston advised industry of procurement protocol for the project. According to Johnston, the project is a team effort with personnel juggling roles. The next stages of Iron Road’s development journey will include further engagement with landowners and stakeholders, preparing secondary approval applications, reaching a Final Investment Decision with CREC and ultimately achieving financial close.

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Project NEW : Caval Ridge Coal Mine

A multinational resource company plans to invest an equivalent $273.2 million in its next mining venture, in Central Queensland’s Bowen Basin.

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) plans to pour US$204 million in its Caval Ridge Southern Circuit (CRSC) Capital Growth Project, about 170km southwest of Mackay. The project involves setting up an 11km overland conveyor system, which will transport coal from the Peak Downs Mine to the Coal Handling Preparation Plant (CHPP) at the nearby Caval Ridge Mine.

Work will also include upgrading the existing CHPP and Stockyard and creating a new Stockpile Pad and Run-of-Mine Station at Peak Downs. BMA will also invest in new mining fleet, including excavators and trucks.

The project covers an area approximately 17km long and 4km wide, excluding the Rail Spur and overland conveyor. Caval Ridge includes the Horse Pit (north of Peak Downs Highway) and Heyford Pit (north of Harrow Creek).

Construction is expected to start in mid-2017 and take 18 months to complete.

This project is promised to create 400 new construction jobs and 200 ongoing operational roles.  Continue reading


Project New : Amrun Bauxite Mine

Rio Tinto recently confirmed it had commissioned a variety of sub-contractors and suppliers for its $1.6b Amrun Bauxite Mine, 40km south of Weipa. To date more than $900m in contracts went to Queensland suppliers, representing almost two-thirds of the total $1.38b of all contracts awarded for the project.

At least 509 Queensland businesses are engaged directly and indirectly to supply goods and services to the site. Details of all of the major projects are listed in our full details on our Project Summary sheet, available from the link below, and represent hundreds of potential contractor work and job opportunities with various contractors involved in this mammoth project. Continue reading


Project : KGL Resources Jervois

The NT government has granted Major Project status to KGL Resources’ Jervois Copper-Silver-Gold Project, located approximately 270km northeast of Alice Springs.The project facilitation agreement (PFA) will enable the Northern Territory government and KGL to collaborate to advance the project through the required approvals processes. The project is expected to create 360 jobs during construction and 300 ongoing jobs once operational, over its more than 12-year life. Continue reading

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Project NEW : Ashton Coal

The Ashton Coal Mine consists of an underground mine, located in the Upper Hunter Valley region of New South Wales. The mine is 14 km northwest of Singleton and a convenient 90 km from the coal port of Newcastle. 

Ashton Coal Mine has a current underground production capacity of over 1.5Mtpa of high-quality semi-soft coking coal. Product coal is sold to a number of Asian-based steel mills. The Ashton operation includes the underground mine, an open cut project, a Coal Handling and Preparation Plant (CHPP) and a rail siding. Continue reading

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Project NEW : New Acland Stage 3

For more than a decade, the New Acland open cut coal mine has been a major employer and economic spur to the Darling Downs region. It provides direct jobs for more than 300 locals, 160 contractors, and contributes to 2300 more indirect jobs.

New Acland is a substantial and loyal supporter of local businesses and suppliers, injecting more than $110 million into the Darling Downs economy each year and over $300 million into the broader southeast Queensland economy each year. Continue reading