Thiess has been awarded a $189 million contract extension to continue to operate the Jellinbah Plains open pit at the Jellinbah East coal mine in central Queensland.
The 30-month extension with Jellinbah Mining will see Thiess – CIMIC Group’s mining services provider – continue to deliver mining services at the operation until September 2020.
Thiess managing director Douglas Thompson said the contractor would continue its focus on producing innovative mining techniques that drive cost efficiencies.
“We are pleased to continue our long-standing involvement with the Blackwater community, where we launched our Sisters in Mining program, and support a series of community initiatives,” Thompson said.
Thiess was awarded a 39-month contract to operate the open pit in January 2015. That contract involved undertaking all operations at Jellinbah Plain, excluding drill and blast services. The mine produces both semi soft coking coal and PCI coal.
CIMIC chief executive officer Adolfo Valderas commented: “This extension reflects the successful relationship between Thiess and the Jellinbah Group, which dates to the establishment of its Lake Vermont coal mine in 2007.”