Leightons wins Bowen Basin coal contracts

Leighton Contractors' Mining Division has a won a contract for QCoal's Jax mine's bulk sample project and an extension to its Sonoma mine work.

Hamish Tyrwhitt, Leighton's CEO, said these latest contracts demonstrate the company's strong position in the Queensland coalfields.

The scope of the QCoal contract includes construction of the mine industrial area, actual mining operations, mining fleet, and services supply for the bulk sample project, which consist of drilling and blasting, as well as hauling of overburden.

It also will provide coal crushing and screening.

The project aims to deliver around 350 000 tonnes of coal samples for testing.

According to the company, if the Jax coal mine is approved Leighton will provide mining services for around five years, in a contract valued at approximately $430 million.

The fully operational mine will employ around 100 people.

Leighton and QCoal have been working together since the contractor developed its Sonoma coal mine in 2007, a relationship that has just been extended.

QCoal today awarded Leighton a three and a half year extensions to its existing contract at the mine.

Worth around $738 million, the contract will see Leighton continue to provide project management, fleet maintenance, and overburden mining.

Since starting at Sonoma Leighton has mined around 14 million tonnes of coal.

Tyrwhitt said "the contract extension at Sonoma recognises the hard work that the mining team ahs put into the project over the past five years and we look forward to many more opportunities in the future.

"Thanks to our trusted partnership with Sonoma mine management, we are thrilled to be joining forced on two projects associated with QCoal – this contract plus the $430 million contract at the nearby Jax mine."

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