Xstrata Coal has awarded a contract to Downer EDI for the development of a coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP) at the Ravensworth North coal project in Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia.

Under the $400m contract, Downer will provide services such as design, procurement, construction and commissioning.

Work will also include low voltage power supply and reticulation, along with high voltage transmission supply and relocation.

Downer EDI CEO Grant Fenn said that the firm’s design and engineering team has been working with Xstrata Coal on the project for more than two years, by assisting its development from the concept stage.