Mining equipment maintenance contract extended to 2020
Some good news for the coal mining sector.
iMINCO is pleased to announce that NRW Holdings, who are the major contractor at the Middlemount coal mine, have won a three year extension to its original maintenance contract.
Valued at some $330 million, this new contract is good news for the existing workers at the mine. The current NRW fleet will be used to continue maintenance operations.
Speaking on the win, NRW CEO Jules Pemberton stated: “NRW has worked closely withe Middlemount to deliver a new operating model which will provide significant benefit to both parties during the remaining contract term and I am very pleased that our client has shown confidence in our ability.”
Middlemount Mine is an open-cut mine located in Queensland’s Bowen Basin; approximately 90 kilometres north-east of Emerald and around 7 kilometres west of the township of Middlemount.
The mine produces pulverized coal injection (PCI) coal and semi-hard coking coal for the commercial export market. Coal is sent by rail to Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) and Abbot Point Port (APCT) respectively.
Go to www.middlemountcoal.com.au for more information
Middlemount mining operations
Coal mining operations at the open-cut mine began in November 2011. Production is in excess of 3.8 million tonnes of coal. In terms of coal reserves, there are some 123 million tonnes and 96 million tonnes of PCI and semi-hard coking coal respectively; with the current mine life expected to be to 2020.
Coal extraction is strip mining techniques using excavator and haul truck. There is a 700 tonne per hour single stage, two product coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP) operated by Sedgman. Coal is marketed by Yancoal.
As we have seen from the latest press release, NRW are responsible for mining equipment maintenance, which involves haul trucks, dozers, loaders and additional mining machinery.
Jobs at Middlemount
Middlemount have a dedicated jobs and careers page on their website. Under normal recruitment processes, Middlemount would engage recruitment agencies to advertise positions on their behalf, although job seekers should be aware, it is the contractors that would have the jobs going.
In this case, if you were a qualified maintenance fitter, or diesel mechanic for instance, you would apply to NRW for maintenance jobs that were advertised.
Recruitment processes vary from recruitment company to recruitment company. As always, iMINCO advises job seekers to do as much research on the mining company and the contractors as possible. It is at this level, you will discover more about the mining operations which will always give you the edge over other applicants.
iMINCO has put together a series of mining information guides to help job seekers understand how to go about getting a mining job.
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Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.
The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the world’s largest deposits of bituminous coal.
The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.
The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.
Caterpillar Haul truck 793
The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.
The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStar™
Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.
Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)
Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.
RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.