NEPEAN and Fitzroy enter into Ironbark No 1 coal mine construction partnership

NEPEAN Mining is to design and deliver certain pieces of key equipment and infrastructure for Fitzroy Australia Resources’ Ironbark No. 1 coal mine in Queensland, Australia, the company has confirmed.

NEPEAN and Fitzroy will execute the project as an integrated project team in two phases:
1. The accelerated design and development, and;
2. The acquisition, installation and commissioning.

The project will leverage NEPEAN’s leading stream specialist businesses; NEPEAN Conveyors, NEPEAN Power and NEPEAN Longwall., with the scope of the contract including conveyors, electrical systems, electrical reticulation, the mine ventilation system and the longwall system.

Ironbark No 1 (formerly known as the Ellensfield coal asset) is an advanced project situated around 30 km northeast of Moranbah and 125 km southwest of Mackay. Fitzroy is currently finalising the feasibility and approval processes to enable the construction of an underground longwall coking coal mine. The company, earlier this month, received the mining lease for the project and signed up Golding Contractors in an early contractor involvement agreement.

Fitzroy Australia Resources CEO Grant Polwarth said: “We are excited about working with NEPEAN in a true partnership sense to deliver a result which has the potential to be company building for both groups as well as change the industry landscape and expectations on major project delivery.”

NEPEAN CEO Miles Fuller said the partnership would “achieve a superior outcome for Fitzroy, by significantly reducing project cost, accelerating delivery time, and ensure superior equipment lifecycle performance”.

“This model will redefine how successful projects can and should be delivered,” he added.

Founded in 1974 in Narellan, New South Wales, NEPEAN has grown to become a global organisation with 25 businesses across five continents. It is renowned for its innovative solutions, inhouse design capabilities, world-class manufacturing operations, on time project delivery, specialist commissioning and optimisation services, and life cycle support capabilities, according to NEPEAN.