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BY ELIZABETH FABRI
BHP Billiton and joint venture partner Mitsubishi Development will begin construction on a $US204 million overland conveyor system connecting two of its coal mines in Central Queensland in mid 2017.
The Caval Ridge Southern Circuit (CRSC) project includes development of an 11km conveyor system to deliver coal from Peak Downs mine to Caval Ridge Coal Handling Preparation Plant; a new stockpile pad and run-of-mine station at Peak Downs; and new mining fleet, including trucks and excavators.
The project would also see Caval Ridge preparation plant increase its throughput capacity to 10 million tonnes per annum, with the 18 month construction schedule set to begin mid this year.
BHP Billiton Minerals Australia president operations Mike Henry said the project “formed the missing link between the two mines” and was expected to generate up to 400 construction jobs and 200 operational positions.
“This investment furthers our productivity agenda, reduces costs, releases latent equipment capacity, and strengthens our coal business’ global competitiveness,” Mr Henry said.
“We are committed to Queensland’s Bowen Basin and this project creates new employment opportunities during construction and locks in ongoing operational roles.
“The investment flowing from the project will help support the local community and State economy after what has been a difficult time in the region.”