Contract awarded for $1B coal mine in southern Queensland

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A multinational parts distribution company has won the latest tender for a $1 billion coal mine in Queensland’s Darling Downs region.

Hastings Deering Toowoomba was recently chosen to complete major heavy machinery work on New Hope Group’s haul trucks at the New Acland Coal Mine, 10km north of Oakey.

The deal involved undertaking a full component change on five Caterpillar 793F haul trucks for a period of six months. QMEB can reveal the contract is worth $2.2 million a truck or $11 million in total.

The proponent revealed the contract saved $16.5 million since the cost of replacing each truck costs almost $5.5 million, representing a 60 per cent saving across the entire fleet.

“It was a huge job, replacing basically every component on the truck. The fleet is only six-years-old but each had done about 24,000 hours of work at the New Acland site,” New Acland maintenance supervisor Rob Trapp said in a public statement. “That’s slightly above industry standard, so they were due for a tune-up.”

Hastings staff removed the cabin, tray and wheels from each 170-tonne truck before loading each one onto another truck before being transported to their Toowoomba workshop where 12 staff worked on the project.

“Apart from the cabin, tray and tyres there isn’t much we didn’t either remove or replace,” Hastings Toowoomba service manager Justin Butcher said.

“We did what is known as a certified power train rebuild, which means we effectively stripped the trucks bare and replaced all the drive train components including the engine … each truck took three weeks and we had a week break in between each truck.”

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