Golding Contractors is bringing a fifth and sixth mining fleet online at the Curragh coal mine near Blackwater, generating about 150 new jobs.
The additional fleet was set to include Hitachi EX5600 and EX3600 excavators and 13 Hitachi EH4000 trucks, along with ancillary plant, the company said.
It follows a letter of direction from mine owner Coronado Curragh to increase mining plant at the Curragh main mine through the introduction of two new fleets in addition to its current mining operations.
Parent company NRW Holdings said this added about $50 million to Golding’s existing contract, which has an indicative value of $107 million over the remaining term to completion in September 2021.
NRW Holdings said Golding had also commenced negotiation of an extension of the expanded contract beyond this date.
“This award reflects the close working relationship between Coronado and Golding and our ability to rapidly mobilise both equipment and personnel to support our clients mine plans,” NRW chief executive officer and managing director Jules Pemberton said.
“Pleasingly the addition of these two fleets will support employment
opportunities for around 150 new personnel.
“In addition, no new capital expenditure is required as the majority of
the fleet is being sourced internally.”
Curragh delivered record sales volumes for Coronado in the September quarter of 3.6Mt, up 20.6 per cent on the June quarter.
Chief executive officer Gerry Spindler in October indicated that Coronado would bear minimal impact from any move by Chinese enterprises to suspend imports of Australian coal.
“Our Australian operations do not have term volume contracts with Chinese counterparts and only sell into this market sporadically,” he said at the time.