Golding expands Isaac Plains East coal fleet
The increase in scope adds about $450 million to Golding’s existing five-year contract, lifting it to about $950 million.
The Moranbah district coal mine has continued to increase production over the past financial year and the new mine plan aims to sustain coal production volumes of about 3Mtpa (ROM).
The third fleet will commence next month, with Golding supplying an additional Hitachi EX3600 excavator, five EH3500 Hitachi trucks and the remainder of the ancillary fleet, the majority of which will be mobilised from the Middlemount Coal project.
Golding, an NRW subsidiary, plans to replace those EH3500 trucks with five EH4000 Hitachi trucks as they become available from the Middlemount project.
Stanmore Coal will also supply a new Caterpillar 6060 excavator, expected to be commissioned later this year.
NRW chief executive officer and managing director Jules Pemberton said the company’s capital commitment to the fleet expansion should be quite low as it was able to utilise fleet secured through an agreed early release from its Middlemount Coal contract.
“The Middlemount contract is not formally due for completion until the end of FY20 however we will be able to release certain fleet prior to that date and some fleet will also likely remain on site beyond the formal contract end date,” he said.
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