Thiess Awarded $250 Million Contract by Jellinbah Resources
Australian mining contractor Thiess has been awarded a $250 million contract by Jellinbah Resources to operate the company’s Jellinbah Plains coal mine in Central Queensland.
The 39-month contract, which starts January 1, follows on the completion of the previous contract with Thiess.
“We are delighted to extend our partnership with Jellinbah Group and to continue our focus on bringing cost efficiencies and innovation to the mine site,” Thiess Managing Director Bruce Munro said. “This contract win demonstrates that there are still strong opportunities for clients and their partners to deliver exceptional value in the coal mining industry.”
The Jellinbah open-pit mine is part of the Jellinbah East coal mining project located near Blackwater in Central Queensland. The mine has been in operation since 1989.
Leighton Holdings Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Marcelino Fernández Verdes said: “This contract illustrates how the Leighton Group can leverage its scale as the world’s largest mining contractor to deliver value to our clients.”
Thiess is the mining division of Leighton Holdings Limited (ASX:LEI), parent company to Leighton Holdings Group, a leading international contractor.
Unmanned train to allow Vale to reopen iron ore plant
Brazilian miner Vale SA will be able to resume operations at its Timbopeba iron ore dry processing plant in up to two months thanks to the use of an unmanned train, the company said in a statement this week.
Vale - Timbopeba iro ore plant
With the train, Timbopeba will be able to operate at least at 80% of its capacity of 33,000 tonnes of iron ore “fines” per day, reports Reuters.
Vale was forced to shut down the plant in the Alegria mine complex recently after labor authorities in Minas Gerais state banned activities close to the Xingu dam due to concerns of a risk of collapse.
Vale said access by workers and vehicles continues to be suspended in the flood zone of the dam due to the ban even though it remains at emergency level 2, which means there no imminent risk of rupture.
But some workers are allowed entry under strict security precautions and they will get the unmanned train going once it has been tested, which would take between one and two months, the company said.
The unmanned train will travel automatically along 16 kilometers (10 miles) of track operated by a system that can control the speed and activate the brakes, Vale said.
Vale announces first ore at Voisey’s Bay mine extension
Vale has reached the milestone of first ore production at the Reid Brook deposit at the Voisey’s Bay mine expansion project in Northern Labrador, Canada - recognised as the safest mine in Canada.