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Thiess awarded $1.2bn contract for BHP Mt Arthur Coal project

A major mining services provider has been awarded a multi-million-dollar contract to provide mining services at the largest individual coal production site in North South Wales Hunter Valley.

Thiess announced in a statement this week that it has secured a A$1.2bn contract from BHP to operate the Mt Arthur Coal operation.

Under a new five-year contract, which builds on Thiess' existing agreement with BHP, Thiess’ operations will include additional services as mine operator of the southern end of the Mt Arthur Coal operations (the Ayredale and Roxburgh Pits). Under the new contract Thiess will perform mine design, planning and scheduling services, drill and blast operations, overburden removal and coal mining.

CIMIC Group Chief Executive Officer Michael Wright said: “This is the third successive contract that Thiess has secured with BHP at Mt Arthur Coal. It recognises our team’s specialist mining capability within the Hunter Valley's complex geology and our team's ability to work flexibly with our client.” 

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CIMIC Group Executive Mining and Mineral Processing and Thiess Managing Director Douglas Thompson said: "We have a proud history in the region and working with BHP. We're pleased to continue our work at Mt Arthur Coal's southern operations and support local jobs, suppliers and businesses.

“We look forward to contributing to the success of the Mt Arthur Coal operation.”

Mt Arthur Coal is an open cut coal mine operating with trucks and shovels to extract up to 32Mtpa of ROM coal. The majority of coal is crushed and washed prior to sale on both export and domestic markets. A minor proportion of coal bypasses washing, for domestic contracts. Mt Arthur has development consent approval to operate until June 2026.