Anglo American Metallurgical Coal has awarded a two-year contract to Leighton Contractors for mining and operations at its Dawson mine in Queensland, Australia.

Under the $159m contract, Leighton is required to undertake surface mining of the existing pit and the greenfield operation in Dawson North.

Dawson mine, located in the lower Bowen Basin in Central Queensland, is an open-cut coal operation with more than 280 million tons of existing coal reserves, reports the Australian Journal of Mining.