BMA awards Blackwater contract to Golding

BMA operations. Image: BHP.

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has furthered its relationship with NRW Holdings subsidiary Golding Contractors with yet another contract award, this time at the Blackwater mine in Queensland.

The contract, which is valued around $35 million, entails civil works such as establishing alternate access for heavy vehicles outside of the mining footprint.

Golding will also provide civil infrastructure to enable the relocation of a communication mast, relocate critical mine infrastructure, construct the drainage structure and provide flood protection for the new and existing mining pits.

The scope of works includes around 1.2 cubic metres of earthworks, four kilometres of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipelines, 22 kilometres of fibre-optic cabling and 21 kilometres of overhead cabling.

NRW chief executive and managing director Jules Pemberton said it was “pleasing to be awarded this contract”, following work secured in July for BMA at the Goonyella Riverside mine in Queensland, with a value of around $34 million.

“Those works, also being undertaken by Golding include approximately 950,000 cubic metres of earthworks and 10 kilometres of new pipework, with completion scheduled in August 2020,” Pemberton said.

The Goonyella Riverside and Blackwater mines are two of the seven mines that BMA operates in the Bowen Basin in Queensland.

Golding expects to complete its work at Blackwater by January 2021.

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