Leighton awarded $249m coal mine contract

Leighton Contractors has won a three-year, $249 million contract at the Isaac Plains open-cut coal mine near Moranbah.

Under the contract, Leighton will employ around 160 people at the mine.

The deal includes a range of contract mining services, including the operation of a BE1370 dragline, and the supply and maintenance of mobile plant and equipment, to produce 2.7 million ROM tonnes of coal per year.

“This announcement is further testament of our ability to partner with our clients in developing innovative and efficient operating frameworks that ensure positive cost structure outcomes, as well as excellence in performance,” Leighton Contractors managing director, Craig Laslett, said.

Isaac Plains is a joint venture project between Sumitomo Corporation and Vale Australia.

According to the Vale website, Isaac Plains has proven resources of 44Mt and a further 22Mt of measured and indicated resources, with an expected mine life of more than 10 years.