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Thiess extends mining services at BMA’s Caval Ridge coal operation

Thiess has secured a A$150 million ($108 million) contract extension with BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Caval Ridge coal mine in the Bowen Basin of Queensland, Australia.

The variation will see Thiess mine additional overburden through 2020 as per the terms of the contract, after commencing work at Caval Ridge in November 2017.

Thiess will continue to provide mining services for specific components of work including the services required for Caval Ridge Southern Circuit (CRSC).

CRSC is an 11 km overland conveyor system which will transport coal from the Peak Downs mine to the coal handling preparation plant (CHPP) at Caval Ridge. It will result in the CHPP increasing its throughput to reach its 10 Mt/y capacity.

Construction of the project was scheduled to commence in mid-2017 and take 18 months to complete. In addition to the new conveyor and associated tie-ins, the project will also mean a new stockpile pad and run-of-mine station at Peak Downs and, at Caval Ridge, the existing CHPP and stockyard will be upgraded. BMA will also invest in a new mining fleet, including excavators and trucks.

BMA is Australia’s largest coal producer and supplier of seaborne metallurgical coal. It is owned 50:50 by BHP and Mitsubishi Development, operates seven Bowen Basin mines (Goonyella Riverside, Broadmeadow, Daunia, Peak Downs, Saraji, Blackwater and Caval Ridge) and owns and operates the Hay Point Coal Terminal, near Mackay.

End of an era for Liebherr T 282 C ultra-class haul trucks

The delivery of five Liebherr T 282 C haul trucks to BHP’s Peak Downs coal mine in central Queensland, Australia, marked a milestone for the original equipment manufacturer, being the last ultra-class machines to come off the production line at the factory in Virginia, USA.

National Mining Services recently purchased the five trucks and rented them to BHP. The machines were built over a period of about three and a half months.

The delivery was reported earlier this month by National Mining Services, but Liebherr put together a press release of its own in recognition of the milestone.

The 363 t payload class T 282 C truck will now officially only be produced by Liebherr as the T 284. The T 284, first introduced at MINExpo 2012, continues to be the lightest (lowest vehicle weight) and most capable (highest payload) ultra-class mining truck while offering reduced fuel consumption, delivering over 4,000 hp (2,983 kW) of power, according to Liebherr.

National Mining Services has also recently purchased an R 996 B Hydraulic Excavator, which is working in Western Australia for Fortescue Metals Group at the Christmas Creek iron ore mine. This machine is designed for the best mechanical force distribution, with the production-tailored attachment delivering high digging and lifting forces, according to Liebherr.