Thiess to expand operations at Bowen Basin

A $1.3 billion contract to extend operations at Peabody Energy’s Burton coal mine has been awarded to Leighton subsidiary Thiess.

A $1.3 billion contract to extend operations at Peabody Energy’s Burton coal mine has been awarded to Leighton subsidiary Thiess.

With the six year contract, Thiess will maintain Burton mine’s annual coal production of at least 2.5 million tons, the company said today.

The operation will employ more than 500 people and Thiess Mining chief executive Bruce Munro said the company would be returning to the original mining started in 1996.

 “The high quality coal will be mined to a depth of up to 240 meters, making this operation the deepest open-cut operation in the Bowen Basin,” he said.

 

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