Thiess secures $160m extension at Curragh coal mine

Thiess has been awarded a $160 million contract extension by Coronado Coal to continue to provide mining services at the Curragh metallurgical coal mine in Queensland.

The CIMIC-owned mining services company has been operating at Curragh, which US-based Coronado acquired from Wesfarmers for $700 million earlier this year, since 2004.

Under the contract extension, Thiess will mine around 45 million bank cubic metres of waste and coal at the mine’s north pit up until June next year.

CIMIC chief executive officer Michael Wright said the extension was the fifth successive contract that Thiess had won to deliver mining services at the Curragh mine.

“Our team has a strong record of consistently meeting production targets through operational excellence and a commitment to strong safety performance,” Wright said.

“This extension recognises our depth of expertise and the consistency of the service that our team has brought to this operation.”

Thiess will also continue to deliver an existing scope of works under a separate $1.1 billion contract through to 2021.

The existing agreement involves waste and coal mining truck excavation works, run-of-mine rehandling services, maintenance of a client-owned shovel and heavy medium earthmoving equipment.

Thiess managing director Douglas Thompson reflected on the contractor’s 14 years at the Curragh operation.

“Over that time, we’ve developed a deep understanding of the site and its operations and built a strong working relationship with the Curragh team,” Thompson said.

The Curragh site is about 30km north of Blackwater in the Bowen Basin, Central Queensland.

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