TEAM Group have been named the Queensland Mining Contractors of the Year at a gala celebration in honour of the Queensland resources sector’s hard-working contractors.
Mackay-based TEAM Group, founded in 1989, were named as a finalist in two categories of the Queensland Mining Contractor Awards, for their innovation across multiple aspects of a stacker and reclaimer erection contract for Anglo American’s Grosvenor Mine.
In the winning project, TEAM’s innovative girder transport saved Grosvenor an estimated $400,000, and their clever frame lift solution achieved cost saving in the form of a quicker delivery and reduced downtime.
Judges said that TEAM Group’s focus on both innovation and cost-saving embodied the spirit of outstanding Bowen Basin contractors, making them a stand-out entry for the top prize.
Lucas Dow, member of the judging panel and a partner with Integrated Global Partners, commented that the “demonstrated innovation and a focus on improving cost and schedule efficiency were hallmarks of both projects”
“The out-of-the-box thinking and real engineering design work and implementation delivered excellent results,” he said.
The 2016 Queensland Mining Contractor Awards, organised by the Bowen Basin Mining Club, recognised contractors from all areas of the mining industry, in a number of peer-judged categories.
Bowen Basin Mining Club Director Jodie Currie says the excellent attendance of the Awards, particularly by high-profile mining executives from Adani, BMA, Anglo American, Glencore, Peabody and Downer, showed a sector that recognises the important contribution of contractors.
“We launched the Queensland Mining Contractor Awards to find and acknowledge the contractors who are keeping our industry vibrant and developing by continually committing to delivering safer, smarter, faster and more efficient outcomes,” Ms Currie said.
“Tonight’s win by TEAM Group shows that it doesn’t matter what size business you run, you can still be competitive in today’s industry through innovation and smart thinking.”
The evening’s awards were part of the Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) in Mackay, and recognised 17 of the state’s best and brightest contractors shortlisted for their willingness to use innovation to reduce costs, shorten project scopes and deliver products that created value for staff, community and clients.
The Contractor of the Year award was presented by APRS Media’s John Ninness.