Thiess has won a 5-year, $1.2b contract for mining services at Mt Arthur, in the Hunter Valley, that is anticipated to create around 300 jobs.
The news comes months after securing another $185 million, 15-month contract for mining services at Mt Arthur, back in March 2018.
The contract marks the third that BHP has awarded CIMIC-owned Theiss for mining activities at Mt Arthur over the last few years
The contract strengthens Thiess’ mine operator role at the Ayredale and Roxburgh pits, down the southern end of the Mt Arthur development.
David Boshoff, GM at BHP's Mt Arthur Coal project said that the contract with Theiss enables them to extract coal from a areas that were too challenging to extract from in the past.
"It's in areas in the past we have not been able to mine due to the steeply dipping nature of these seams," he said.
"With Thiess's expertise in this area, particularly in the Hunter Valley but also more broadly, they have brought some expertise in mining these seams that we did not have before.
The $1.2b contract covers drill and blast operations, planning, overburden removal, mine design, service management, and general coal mining.
The mine is positioned as the largest coal producer in NSW's Hunter Valley
"We’re pleased to continue our work at Mt Arthur Coal’s southern operations and support local jobs, suppliers and businesses. We look forward to contributing to the success of the Mt Arthur Coal operation," Thompson said.
"This is the third successive contract that Thiess has secured with BHP at Mt Arthur Coal,” said Michael Wright, CIMIC Group CEO.
“It recognises our team’s specialist mining capability within the Hunter Valley’s complex geology and our team’s ability to work flexibly with our client."
Source: The Herald