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Contract awarded for Bowen Basin coal mine


A resources services company has won a tender at a new coal operation in Central Queensland’s Isaac region.

BUMA Australia recently secured the mining contract for Bowen Coking Coal’s Broadmeadow East Project, 200km southwest of Mackay.

The successful bidder will spend at least three years operating the mine with its own equipment, staff, systems and procedures. There is also potential for the contractor to receive a further one year extension.

First phase mobilisation is already underway for site infrastructure, ancillary equipment, haul tucks and a EX3600 excavator. Site work is expected to begin in mid-May 2022 and create up to 370 jobs in the process.

The following full-time jobs have been advertised:

  • health, safety, environment and training coordinators (multiple positions)
  • health, safety, environment and training superintendent
  • production supervisor / open cut examiner
  • production excavator operators (multiple)
  • senior mine surveyors (multiple)
  • production operators (multiple)
  • mine surveyors (multiple)
  • maintenance supervisor
  • senior mining engineer
  • mining superintendent
  • maintenance planner
  • maintenance clerk
  • mining engineer
  • storeperson.

Click here to apply. Successful applicants will be offered an even-time roster of seven days on seven days off, six 12-hour shifts and one 10-hour shift to help travel home within fatigue hours. Weekly pay with a 3 per cent annual increase, camp accommodation, company bus, discounted health cover, discounted car rentals, salary sacrifice options and novated leases are also available.

Former proponent Peabody Energy handed the project to Bowen Coking Coal in 2020, for $1 million plus a $1 per tonne royalty fee for the first 1.5M tonnes sold.

BUMA acquired Downer’s open-cut mining business, employees, mining services contracts, assets, systems and intellectual property the following year. This included recent agreements with Stanwell Corporation and BHP Mitsubishi Alliance.

Coal will initially be hauled to Fitzroy Australia’s Carborough Downs Coal Handling and Preparation Plant for washing as early as July 2022. The final product will be exported to global steel producers via the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal under an infrastructure access agreement.

“The rapid start-up of production from Broadmeadows East will be a testament to the team’s ability to transform a greenfield project into a producing mine in a short timeframe,” Bowen Coking Coal managing director and CEO Gerhard Redelinghuys said in a public statement.

“The outlook for metallurgical coal continues to strengthen, driven by continued growth is steel demand and enormous barriers to new supply. This agreement with BUMA puts Bowen in a very strong position to expand production further via a quick startup of the larger, adjoining Burton mine post transaction completion.”

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