Macmahon Wins Queensland Coal Contracts

Australian mining and construction company Macmahon Holdings has won a $75m contract from BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance to remove 12 million bank cubic metres of material from the Saraji Mine, in Queensland.

The open-cut coal mine, based near the Bowen Basin, 213km south-west of the Hay Point Coal Export Terminal near Mackay, will bring the company's open-cut and underground mining projects to 18, most of which exist along the eastern sea board.

Macmahon has also been selected to undertake civil construction work on the Jilalan Rail Yard Upgrade Project which will aid the Goonyella system for processing coal trains operating to the Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay ports, at Sarina, near Central Queensland.

The A$250m project is due for completion in late 2009.

The project will require major earthworks associated with 30km of new track work, realignment of the existing track work as well as upgrades to roads and construction of rail crossings and new wagon maintenance and administration facilities.

Mobilisation of earthmoving equipment has already commenced, with the 100-strong workforce expected to be performing at full capacity later this month.

By Penny Jones