ADB to provide drilling and blasting services at Middlemount Coal mine in Emerald

28 June 2016 (Last Updated June 28th, 2016 18:30)

NRW subsidiary Action Drill & Blast (ADB) has been selected to provide mining services at Middlemount Coal's mine in Emerald, Queensland.

NRW subsidiary Action Drill & Blast (ADB) has been selected to provide mining services at Middlemount Coal's mine in Emerald, Queensland.

Under the $25m contract, ADB will provide drilling and blasting services to Middlemount Coal mine for three years.

The company has been associated with the project since the opening of the mine. Its services included provision of drill, and blast and explosive supply.

As part of the new contract, Middlemount Coal will supply the explosives now, while ADB will provide the same services.

"The contract ensures continuity of work for all ADB staff and drilling assets currently deployed on site."

NRW CEO Jules Pem berton said: "We are pleased that Action Drill & Blast has been able to secure this extension with Middlemount Coal, building on a successful relationship that has been in place since 2011.

"The contract ensures continuity of work for all ADB staff and drilling assets currently deployed on site."

The open-cut Middlemount coal mine is located 90km north-east of Emerald and 7km west of the township of Middlemount in Bowen Basin, Queensland.

Middlemount produces medium-volatile pulverised coal injection and semi-hard coking coal for the export market.

Full-scale operations at the mine began in November 2011 and production was increased to 3.6Mtpa by mid-2014.

Middlemount Coal is a joint venture between Peabody Energy Australia and Yancoal Australia.