BHP awards $185m coal contract to Thiess

Mt Arthur. Image: BHP

Thiess has won a $185 million contract to provide additional mining services for BHP at the Mt Arthur coal operation in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales.

The mining services company has been providing load and haul services at Mt Arthur since December 2016.

BHP has expanded this relationship by awarding Thiess with a new 15-month agreement that extends the CIMIC-owned contractor’s existing operations and includes mining overburden and coal at the southern end of the operation.

Thiess managing director Douglas Thompson said the contractor had established a long history in the Hunter Valley dating back to the 1940s.

“We look forward to continuing to support BHP, while creating opportunities for local jobs and local suppliers,” Thompson said.

Thiess has a strong presence in the Hunter Valley, and provides mining services at three mines and operates two maintenance workshops.

The mining contractor has enjoyed a strong run of contract wins and extensions in the Australian coal sector over the past six months.

Earlier this month, Anglo American awarded Thiess a $190 million contract extension to continue providing mining services at the Dawson South metallurgical coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.

Thiess also secured two contracts with the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) worth a combined $440 million last October.

A month earlier, Thiess was awarded a $189 million contract extension to continue to operate the Jellinbah Plains open pit at the Jellinbah East coal mine in central Queensland.

CIMIC chief executive officer Michael Wright said he was pleased that Thiess had extended the relationship with BHP at Mt Arthur.

“This contract demonstrates our ability to work with our clients and deliver the equipment and expertise they need,” Wright said.

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