Bravus Mining & Resources has added BCF Concreting to a long list of local contractors piecing together the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.
More than $1 billion has been paid to contractors and businesses in regional Queensland to construct the Carmichael project, as BCF mobilised one of its volumetric cement mixing trucks.
BCF managing director and founder Michael Davis said it was a good experience for his 100 per cent Indigenous-owned business.
“We were able to step in and work with Bravus at short notice because our technology enables us to both mobilise quickly and mix the right kind of concrete remotely and with precision,” Davis said.
“We had a team of six and one of our three volumetric mixing trucks on Bravus’ site within a few days and producing concrete not long after that.
“I have to say the Bravus commercial team was also great to work with, and the smoothness of that contracting process, together with the advantages of our new-to-industry technology, meant we were able to get this job done so efficiently.”
BCF’s batching trucks can produce variable feed rates up to 60 cubic metres per hour, with different mixes able to be programmed used a PLC controller.
Davis said major contracts with the likes of Bravus were key for the 30-year-old company to prove the worth of its new technology.
“We work with technology that’s new to the concreting industry, so part of what we do is about educating clients that the way it’s been done in the past isn’t necessarily the best way,” he said.
“Our volumetric mixers are similar to a mobile batching plant mounted onto a truck – we can get to site and start producing concrete within half an hour.
“The hope is as we win more major project work we can look at relocating the manufacturing arm of our business to Central Queensland to boost skilled employment for First Nations people even further.”
BCF relocated to Rockhampton in 2019, as demand in the region grew.
Bravus chief executive officer David Boshoff said BCF had been a great choice for an important project.
“The Rockhampton region is a world-class mining service centre, but BCF Concreting blew us away with their professionalism, mobilisation time, and technology-focused solutions,” he said.
“Responsiveness and on-time delivery is so important for us as we put the finishing touches on the construction, testing and commissioning phase of the project and move into full operations.”