Whittens secures $22m contract at Mount Pleasant coal mine

Services company Whittens has been awarded a $22 million contract by G&S Engineering Services at MACH Energy’s Mount Pleasant coal mine in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales.

The contract involves plant site bulk earthworks, construction of the run-of-mine (ROM) walls, roads, drainage and buried services, together with the detailed earthworks and construction of 7000 cubed metres of structural concrete.

The scope of works for the concrete includes major structures, such as a sizing station, plant feed and thickener areas, transfer pads through to the stockpile and a reclaim tunnel.

Privately-owned Whittens has won two significant projects in NSW in 2017 by securing this contract.

Whittens director Tyron Whitten said the contract would provide an opportunity to work with the local community, opening up employment and supply prospects in an area where the company has a strong history of project delivery.

“Securing this work not only strengthens our long-term relationship with G&S Engineering, but further demonstrates our position as an industry leader in bulk earthworks and concrete construction,” Whitten said.

“With ongoing projects in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland and NSW, covering the resources, defence and renewable energy sectors, Whittens’ diversification strategy, supported by our loyal on- and off-site workforce, has seen us continue to succeed and grow, in what has been viewed as a difficult market.”

MACH acquired the Mount Pleasant operation from Rio Tinto in January 2016 for $US224 million, plus royalties on future coal sales.

The miner is targeting clean energy coal at the site that will be used in some of the world’s most efficient power plants.

MACH awarded a mining services contract, expected to generate around $500 million in revenue, for Mount Pleasant to Thiess in April

The Mount Pleasant deposit has reserves of 474 million tonnes (Mt) of thermal coal for export markets, according to MACH.

Mount Pleasant, which is expected to be producing by first quarter 2018, is approved to produce up to 10.5Mt of thermal coal for international markets.