Ensham Coal Mine has shown continued determination and commitment to its team through a year of great adversity and, it is for this reason, the mine is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
In January 2008, Ensham Mine was engulfed by a devastating and unpredicted flood which inundated its two largest and most valuable coal pits.
As a result, mine production was completely halted for a time, but has struggled back to about 50% capacity and is continuing to ramp up operations.
Management onsite has shown tremendous leadership, tenacity, and pragmatism in the face of this challenge.
Logistically, the recovery exercise has been huge in engineering and manpower terms alone, and the team have had their shoulder to the wheel now for almost ten months, and counting.
Signficantly, Ensham has maintained full employment during this crisis – even continuing to pay their people when they could not access the mine and had to be placed on standby during the height of the flooding.
It has also expanded its workforce with a large number of contractors involved in the recovery operations. This commitment to its people has been met with loyalty from both Ensham’s employees and large contract workforce, and is part of the strong culture and sense of attachment to the place which has developed at Ensham. The mine has also had to negotiate a very complex, time consuming and difficult approvals path to reinstate its smashed levees and to return the trapped flood water to the river.