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Cokal and China Rail set out five-year plan at BBM coal project

Cokal says it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China Railway 21st Bureau Group International Engineering Co (China Rail), to construct the infrastructure planned for mining at Cokal’s BBM metallurgical coal project in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

China Rail, a subsidiary of China Rail Construction Corporation (CRCC), has sent a team to the BBM site to carry out a site survey to finalise estimations for the costing of infrastructure construction to enable the parties to conclude a formal contract.

The MOU envisages China Rail carrying out road construction, jetty construction, and overburden stripping and coal mining at the BBM project, the ASX-listed company said.

The Bumi Barito Mineral project (BBM) is a PMA company with an ownership structure of 60% Cokal and 40% Indonesian owners. BBM has defined a total resource of 264 Mt comprised of 10.5 Mt measured, 13.5 Mt indicated and 240 Mt inferred Resources in accordance with the JORC Code 2012.

Road construction at BBM as envisaged in the MOU will be in two areas: 12 km of haul roads from the mine pits to the Krajan jetty to transport coal from both pulverised coal injection and coking coal pits to the Krajan jetty; and upgrading of an existing 55 km logging road to connect to 45 km road already in use leading to a jetty located at Lahung Tuhup, 160 km downstream of the Krajan jetty, bypassing the shallowest parts of the river.

In terms of jetty construction, two barge-loading jetties will be built. The first will be constructed at Krajan adjacent to BBM, and the second at the end of the 100 km haul road at Lahung Tuhup.

The construction of each jetty will incorporate a design to accommodate shallow draft barges, allowance for water depths in excess of 10 m during the wet season, a 1000 t/h barge loading conveyor, and coal handling and storage facilities.

China Railway will also assist in funding the capital investment related to overburden removal, coal mining and associated mine infrastructure including the provision of pit haul roads, sedimentation ponds, camp site facilities, clinic, workshops, fuel storage and mess room, Cokal said.

The MOU specifies a contractual period of five years with an option to extend for an additional five years based on mutual agreement between the parties.

In the meantime, Cokal has signed a barging term sheet with HSM Marine, a Singapore-based barging company with operations in Indonesia, the rest of South East Asia and the Middle East, to barge the coal from BBM.

Cokal’s new strategy to use contractor funding to commence construction, mining and barging has necessitated modifications to its five-year plan, it said. Commencement of the BBM mine construction will begin with China Rail initially constructing a 5 km haul road from Pit 2 (PCI coal production) to the Krajan jetty. At the same time, China Rail will construct a temporary barge loader suitable for initial production.

MACA wins contract mining job at Blackwater coal project in Queensland

MACA is about to start work on Wealth Mining’s Bluff coal project in the Bowen Basin of Queensland after being chosen as the main contract miner.

The contractor will carry out all open-pit mining activities including planning, procurement, management and supervision, load and haul, drill and blast, and water management at the project, with the agreement expected to generate some A$700 million ($507 million) in revenue over the 10-year mine life.

MACA said the project will broaden its commodity exposure and geographical footprint, while allowing it to use larger fleet classes including 350 t excavators and 220 t and 180 t dump trucks. The fleet is expected to be a mix of acquired and hired equipment with MACA estimating capital expenditure of A$45 million.

Bluff, which was acquired by current owner Wealth Mining via its takeover of Carabella Resources in February 2014, will produce around 12 Mt/y of pulverised coal injection product. Coal will be processed with existing infrastructure at the Cook colliery (pictured), which was recently acquired and recommissioned by the Bounty Mining Group and has readily available port and rail access.

The project has a granted mining lease in place together with environmental authority approval.

Contract works will start in the December quarter with first coal expected to be produced in the March quarter of 2019.

“The project will be an ‘Alliance’ style contract aimed at delivering the lowest possible cost to our client,” MACA said. Employee numbers are expected to total 140 people.

MACA will finance the drop cut to first coal and other minor project works via a secured working capital facility of A$25 million. The contract takes the company’s work in hand position to A$1.982 billion and leaves it on track to hit revenue guidance of A$620 million for the full financial year to end-June 2019.