Macmahon Holdings and BBM Operta Group’s joint venture (JV) has been awarded a mining contract from Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi for its Tavan Tolgoi coal mine in Mongolia.

Under the contract, the JV will provide large scale open-cut mining operations to the Eastern Tsankhi area of the Tavan Tolgoi deposit.

According to the current mine plans, the coal production of the mine is expected to increase to 15Mtpa.

The JV is planning to commence its mining operations in the first quarter of 2012.

Macmahon Holdings CEO Nick Bowen said the selection further advances the firm’s efforts to secure work in the burgeoning coal mining sector in Mongolia.