Best Contract Miner of the Year

MINING DAILY profiles each of the finalists in the 12 categories of the 6th annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.

MINING DAILY profiles each of the finalists in the 12 categories of the 6th annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.

The 6th annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards aim to encourage, recognise and reward excellence in the Australian mining industry.

This year saw record amounts of entries in several categories, including Minerals Processing Plant of the Year, Innovative Mining Solutions and Excellence in Mine OH&S.

The winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony and dinner at Doltone House, Sydney on Wednesday 11 November 2009.

For tickets and further information please contact Heather Lawson on 02 9422 2791, or email

Bilfinger Berger Services

Bilfinger Berger Services (BBS) has earned a place among the finalists in the 6th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for its continuing support of major and mid-tier mining companies.

BBS supports iron ore miners in the Pilbara, Western Australia and the zinc, lead, copper and silver miners surrounding Mt Isa, Queensland.

In 2008, the company secured a new three-year contract to provide mechanical maintenance services at BHP Billiton’s Port Hedland operations

At the beginning of that year, BBS also acquired i.power solutions, a manufacturer of low and medium voltage switchgear, substations, switchrooms and automation systems.

This allowed the company to expand the range of services on offer to the mining industry.

i.power solutions has operations in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia and has completed greenfield developments, expansion upgrades and brownfield contracts.

The company aims to become a zero harm workplace and has reported a Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) of 1.6 at the end of 2008, a reduction of more than 30% compared with 2007.

CDE Capital

CDE Capital is a finalist for the 6th annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for its commitment to its clients, staff, shareholders and the community in which it works.

The company delivers a variety of projects from open cut mining and major road developments to sub-divisions, tailings dams and airstrip developments.

CDE Capital promises to deliver projects on time, on budget and to specification.

It also aims to provide a safe and rewarding workplace as well as opportunities to Indigenous Australians.

On some projects, CDE Capital has recruited up to 50% of the workforce from the local community and around 80% of the permanent workforce is Aboriginal.

The Northern Territory based mining contractor has contracts at Atlas Iron’s Pardoo project, Tanami Gold’s Coyote mine, civil works and mining equipment hire at Copper Co’s Lady Annie mine and and plant labour hire at Xstrata’s Macarthur River mine.

CDE Capital aims to foster the growth of industry in the nearby Indigenous communities.

Monadelphous Group

In May this year, Monadelphous Group announced contracts with BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto with a combined value of $100 million, earning it a spot as a finalist in the 6th annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.

The majority of the contracts are in central Queensland serving the aluminium, coal and iron ore markets.

The company will be working on two dragline shutdowns for the first time at BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Blackwater coal mine in the Bowen Basin, central Queensland.

It will also construct a radial stacker for BMA’s Peak Downs coal mine, install an Automated Alumina Delivery System at Rio’s Boyne Smelter Development Project and construct a Coal Handling Preparation Plant (CHPP) at Rio’s Clermont Mine.

The company also announced in October 2008 that it had secured a structural, mechanical, piping, electrical and instrumentation (SMPE&I) contract from Worsley Alumina.

Group safety performance has improved 33% during the 07/08 period with a 71% improvement over the last five years.

Sinclair Knight Merz

Thanks to its reputation for delivering projects that create optimum value for its clients, Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) is a finalist in the 6th annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.

The company provides an end-to-end service from mine concept to closure and is renowned for its expertise in the feasibility, engineering and delivery of projects involving materials handling, mine infrastructure and mineral processing.

SKM also has a strong focus on sustainability.

The company delivered the studies and EPCM for Rio Tinto’s $2 billion Dampier Port upgrade, which doubled the port’s capacity from 74 to 140 Mtpa.

The project was aimed to deliver a new port that provided significant social dividend, wealth creation and improved safety.

The company also recently completed the design of the new Coal Processing Plant (CPP) for Rio’s Clermont mine.

It is the first new coal plant in Australia to use paste thickening technology.

The design was completed by a team with members were located throughout SKM offices in Australia and Asia.

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