Fitzroy Australia partners with Nepean to deliver Ironbark No. 1 coal project

Nepean Mining will design and deliver key equipment and infrastructure at Fitzroy Australia Resources’ Ironbark No. 1 coking coal project in Queensland.

The companies are partnering to execute the project as an integrated team in two phases; (1) the accelerated design and development, (2) the acquisition, installation and commissioning.

Nepean’s leading specialist businesses – Nepean Conveyors, Nepean Power and Nepean Longwall – will be leveraged on the project.

The scope includes conveyors, electrical systems, electrical reticulation, the mine ventilation system and the longwall system.

Fitzroy Australia Resources chief executive officer Grant Polwarth highlighted the cultural alignment between the companies, and the mutual focus on value-adding decision making and execution, as key factors in establishing the partnership.

“We are excited about working with Nepean in a true partnership sense to deliver a result which has the potential to be company building for both groups as well as change the industry landscape and expectations on major project delivery,” Polwarth said.

Fitzroy received approval from the Queensland Government for the Ironbark No. 1 project earlier this month. The project, 35km northeast of Moranbah, is expected to create 350 jobs.

Nepean CEO Miles Fuller explained what the company’s partnership with Fitzroy would deliver.

“This partnership will achieve a superior outcome for Fitzroy, by significantly reducing project cost, accelerating delivery time, and ensure superior equipment lifecycle performance,” Fuller said.

“This model will redefine how successful projects can and should be delivered.”

The Ironbark No. 1 project is expected to reach production in the first quarter of 2020.