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Abigroup secures coal mine bulk earthworks contract

04 May 2012

Abigroup has secured a $210 million contract to carry out bulk earthworks at the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Caval Ridge Mine in central Queensland.

The contract covers the Southern Package of Bulk Earthworks for the infrastructure of the coal mine which is located in the Bowen Basin approximately 18km south east of Moranbah. 

Abigroup’s Managing Director David Jurd said, “This major contract builds on our growing presence in the central Queensland resource sector with our recent award of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal facility, the Gladstone Sea Wall project and the expansion we’re currently carrying out for BMA at the Hay Point Coal Terminal.

“The award of this contract illustrates the depth and capability of our business with the majority of specialist bulk earthworks plant being supplied internally from our company-owned plant fleet, one of the largest and most efficient construction plant fleets in Australia.”

As well as bulk earthworks the project also includes: 

  • haul road and internal road construction;
  • conveyor alignment and footing sub grade preparation;
  • creek diversion and levee construction;
  • ROM pad construction;
  • bulk earthworks for coal preparation plant and associated infrastructure;
  • drill, blast and crushing of pavement materials; and
  • water storage and sedimentation dams.

 The Caval Ridge Mine development is part of a Queensland wide expansion of selected coal mines owned by BMA and the project consists of a 5.5Mtpa green field development of the mine in the north coupled with a 2.5 Mtpa expansion of the Peak Downs Mine to the south. Overall, it extends for 17km along strike and is 4km wide.

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