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BUMA inks new Blackwater contract

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BUMA Australia will continue providing pre-strip mining services at the Blackwater metallurgical coal mine in the Bowen Basin region in Queensland. 

The Delta Dunia Group subsidiary signed a new contract with Whitehaven Coal, the new owner of the Blackwater mine.

Whitehaven Coal officially took ownership of the Blackwater mine from BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) on April 2. The sale was first announced in October 2023 and was worth $US4.1 billion.

The new Blackwater contract will serve as a continuation of the services BUMA has provided at the mine since May 2012. BUMA said its previous work at Blackwater helped refine its capabilities in truck and excavator pre-strip operations.

“We are pleased that Whitehaven Coal has recognised BUMA Australia’s extensive expertise at the Blackwater mine – a true acknowledgment of our legacy of excellence in the region,” Delta Dunia Group director Dian Andyasuri said.

“This new contract shows that BUMA Australia’s stellar reputation and expertise are recognised and trusted by industry-leading mine owners. BUMA and Delta Dunia Group are committed to fostering strong, enduring relationships and prioritising the success of our clients.”

The contract is expected to generate an average annual production of about 36 million bank cubic metres of overburden removal, and contribute heavily towards BUMA Australia’s revenue until June 2026.

“Following Whitehaven’s acquisition of the Blackwater mine from BMA, we are eager to contribute to their operational success,” BUMA Australia chief executive officer Colin Gilligan said.

“Our track record of safe, efficient, and consistent performance at Blackwater strengthens our confidence in our ability to deliver for Whitehaven Coal.”

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