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Work kicks off at Adani open cut coal mine

CAT 796 dump truck
CAT 796 dump truck

A multi-dimensional resources company is starting new earthmoving work at its $21 billion coal project in Central Queensland’s Galilee Basin.

Adani Australia recently fired up excavators and dump trucks to start work on the new open cut mine at its Carmichael Coal Project, about 160km northwest of Clermont.

This will involve using a fleet of Liebherr R 996B excavators to remove layers of overburden and box-cut rock, to help more easily access underground coal seams. CAT 796 dump trucks will then transport soil and rock away from the site.

No driverless trucks

The proponent confirmed it will use human-operated heavy vehicles and has no plans to roll out driverless trucks.

“We are committed to using conventional truck and excavator mining techniques across the project,” Adani Mining incoming CEO David Boshoff said in a public statement.

“Our first five mining trucks and excavator have arrived on site and are operational and the assembly of our second excavator will commence in the coming weeks. We will also add more than a dozen mining trucks to our fleet over the coming months. The trucks will be assembled in Mackay, with each taking a team of about 40 men and women up to 10 weeks to put together.”

There will be a total of six open-cut pits and five underground mines that together yield an estimated 60 million tonnes per annum.

“In time they will reach the coal seam then we will be excavating coal as we need to remove around four cubic meters of rock for every tonne of coal we mine,” Boshoff said.

“We are on track to export first coal in 2021.”

1200 recruits expected

Work is separately progressing on the new coal handling and processing plant, which will process up to 74.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) run of mine coal, and produce up to 60 mtpa of product coal.

A total of more than 700 staff are working on the full project, and the existing accommodation village is being expanded to house the rapidly growing workforce.

The following positions are vacant:

  • quality assurance assistant (multiple positions)
  • quality assurance/quality control officer
  • package engineer – civil (multiple)
  • plant operators (multiple)
  • auto electricians (multiple)
  • haul truck operator (multiple)
  • track engineer.

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“The expansion of our mine accommodation to 400 beds is complete to cater for the additional workforce and we will soon be able to accommodate another 1200 people in our temporary rail accommodation villages,” Boshoff said.

“We remain on track to deliver 1500 direct and 6750 indirect jobs.”

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