Whitehaven Coal has awarded mining services company Bis a contract extension to provide haulage services at its Tarrawonga and Rocglen coal mines in New South Wales.
Bis plans to deliver an innovative haulage solution through a new fleet of enhanced prime movers to support the Gunnedah operations during the three-year extension.
The bespoke haulage solution will deliver cost efficiencies and benefits to Whitehaven by providing greater payload capacity while reducing the number of prime movers required, according to the company.
Bis said in a statement that the new haulage combinations would reduce one-way trips by 36 per cent, or around 48,000 fewer trips per annum when compared to the current fleet.
Whitehaven Coal chief operating officer Jaimie Frankcombe said the partnership with Bis was a great example of two genuinely committed, locally-based companies, continuing a strong commercial partnership that entailed real and ongoing benefits for the local area.
“While this obviously represents a more efficient and sustainable haulage solution which will mean fewer trucks on local roads, we have also been very appreciative of the strong support Bis has shown for important local initiatives such as the Girls’ Academy,” Frankcombe said.
Bis has provided a range of haulage solutions, underground hire and site services to support Whitehaven’s operations for the past five years.
Michael Porter, Bis chief operating officer, said the company had worked with the Whitehaven team to deliver value through innovative solutions.
“Bis continues to create smarter solutions that drive efficiencies for our customers, as well as benefit the local communities,” Porter said.
Bis also recently won a contract extension to provide load and haul services for Glencore at the Newlands coal mine in the Bowen Basin, Queensland.