Thiess wins $280m coal extension

The Wahana mine

Thiess has been awarded a three-year $280 million contract extension at the Wahana coal mine in South Kalimantan, Indonesia.

CIMIC’s global mining services provider will continue to provide coal mining services at the Bayan Resources-owned mine, including overburden removal, pit dewatering and coal hauling to port.

During the contract term, Thiess’s team will mine around 6 million tonnes (Mt) of coal and 74 million bank cubic metres (bcm) of overburden.

Thiess managing director Douglas Thompson said unlocking value for clients had been key in strengthening the contractor’s partnership with Bayan.

“This extension reflects our strong capability and presence in Indonesia, and our ability to deliver flexible mining solutions,” Thompson said.

Thiess has a strong portfolio of contracts in Indonesia’s coal industry, including several contract and extensions that it secured in 2017.

One of Thiess’ most recent contract wins in Indonesia was a $300 million agreement announced last November with Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC) to expand operations at the Sangatta coal mine in East Kalimantan.

CIMIC chief executive Officer Michael Wright added: “It is great to see the Thiess team continually identifying ways to deliver innovative, efficient and productive solutions to our clients.”

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