Bowen Basin

Jul 20, 2020
Anglo coking coal output takes a hit for 2020

Anglo coking coal output takes a hit for 2020

Anglo American has reported a 32 per cent drop in metallurgical coal production at its Queensland mines in the three months to June 30 compared to the same time last year. The drop to about 4.0 million tonnes in outputs was principally due to two incidents underground, including the blast that seriously injured five men underground at Grosvenor in May. “The investigation into the inci...

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Jul 15, 2020
Fair Work win in union fight over BHP labour model

Fair Work win in union fight over BHP labour model

The miners’ union has claimed a victory in its battle against BHP over its Operations Services workforce conditions. The Fair Work Commission this week upheld an appeal against approval of the enterprise agreements covering Operations Services staff over concerns they weren’t genuinely agreed by workers.  It was an interim decision allowing BHP seven days to decide whether it wil...

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Jul 14, 2020
Sealing to control Grosvenor coal heating issues

Sealing to control Grosvenor coal heating issues

Anglo American has confirmed it is taking further steps to control an overheating issue on the longwall at Grosvenor coal mine, the scene of an explosion that injured five men in May. A company spokeswoman said temporary sealing was being undertaken in a section of the mine which had experienced issues of coal heating since early June as a result of mining activities coming to a halt. “We...

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Jul 10, 2020
Thiess wins $2.5b Lake Vermont extension

Thiess wins $2.5b Lake Vermont extension

Jellinbah Group has awarded mining services provider Thiess a $2.5 billion contract extension at its Lake Vermont coal mine,  30km north-east of Dysart. The five-year contract continues Thiess’ full-service mining operations including mine planning, coal mining, topsoil and overburden removal, drill and blast, water management and rehabilitation of final landforms. This includes pro...

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Jul 08, 2020
Mackay gears up for QME 2020 after setback

Mackay gears up for QME 2020 after setback

The countdown is on for QME 2020 in Mackay, with registrations now open for the major exhibition. Traditionally held in late July, Queensland Mining & Engineering Expo has moved back to September 22-24 in what is expected to be a great boost to the local economy in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Reed Exhibitions said it had been working with key government departments and partners to...

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Jul 06, 2020
Lessons from Defence in managing postings

Lessons from Defence in managing postings

The business of mining can be rewarding but it throws up challenges for both the staff member, his or her partner and the kids. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has a sophisticated program for helping its members handle remote area work demands. In the first of a series of articles, the ADF outlines its approach to tackling issues involving postings. That includes changing bases, state...

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Jul 03, 2020
MACA waiting for millions of dollars from Bluff PCI

MACA waiting for millions of dollars from Bluff PCI

Mining contractor MACA has revealed it is owed almost $80 million by Bluff PCI project owner Carabella Resources. In a working capital update this week the company said the total receivables amount owing from Carabella Resources was $56 million, plus an additional working capital facility of $26.8 million. “MACA continues to work with Carabella Resources to facilitate recovery of the ...

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Jul 01, 2020
$100m shift to driverless future for Daunia haulage

$100m shift to driverless future for Daunia haulage

BMA has announced a $100 million plan to introduce a 34-strong fleet of autonomous trucks at the Daunia coal mine in Central Queensland. BMA asset president James Palmer said the move would result in 150 additional project roles for BMA people and contractors, on top of 56 new permanent roles on site. “This announcement is a vote of confidence in Central Queensland,” Mr Palmer said...

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Jun 30, 2020
Insurance giant pushes on with new mine plan

Insurance giant pushes on with new mine plan

Baralaba mine owner Liberty Mutual is standing by plans to develop the Baralaba South coal project after attacks from opponents. It says the environmental impact study for the Baralaba South project is expected to be submitted to the government by the end of the year The proposed mine, about 8km south of Baralaba in Central Queensland, is expected to employ about 600 people at peak producti...

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