Mastermyne wins $95m Anglo American contract for Aquila

The Aquila site. Image: Anglo American.

Anglo American has awarded a development and outbye services contract for its Aquila project in Queensland to Mastermyne Group.

The company approved the $325 million metallurgical coal project in the Bowen Basin last week, reviving an operation that has been under care and maintenance since 2013.

Aquila, which will extend the mine life of the Capcoal coal operations by six years, is scheduled to start production in early 2022.

Mastermyne has been engaged by Anglo American to undertake roadway development in the mains and gate road, and all outbye related services for the establishment of the new longwall operation.

The contractor has commenced pre-mobilisation works at the site and will employ 160 full-time personnel when fully resourced for the $95 million, two-year contract.

Mastermyne is also supplying development equipment from its fleet, and will deploy a continuous miner and ancillary development equipment for the project.

The first phase of mobilisation will start in early September before full mobilisation takes place at the end of November.

Mastermyne chief executive Tony Caruso said the contractor’s track record of delivering major underground infrastructure and roadways positioned it for the work.

“This project builds on Mastermyne’s already very strong order book we have for financial year 2020, and pleasingly we still have a material near term pipeline of new opportunities currently being tendered,” Caruso said.

Anglo American plans to develop Aquila into one of the most technologically advanced underground mines in the world, with features such as a remotely-operated longwall.

The company is adopting its FutureSmart Mining program, which aims to apply innovative thinking and advanced technology to address operational and sustainability challenges.

Aquila has been designed to produce five million tonnes of coking coal a year and will extend the mine life of the Capcoal operations to 2028.

Anglo American manages the Capcoal open cut and Grasstree underground operations at the Capcoal complex. The underground operations are 70 per cent owned by Anglo American, with Mitsui & Co holding the remaining 30 per cent.

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