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Thiess has won a six-year $1.3 billion contract to provide mining services at Curragh coal mine, 30km north of Blackwater.

Mine owner Coronado said the scope of work to be carried out at Curragh’s northern operations included overburden removal and haulage, coal mining and run of mine rehandling services, equipment maintenance and pit dewatering.

This new contract is in addition to Thiess’s existing scope of work for provisioning and maintenance of Coronado’s electric shovel and supply of an ultra-class truck fleet.

Coronado managing director and chief executive officer Gerry Spindler said today’s announcement marked the sixth successive contract Thiess had been awarded in a competitive process.

“…(It) is a testament to their focus on safety and ability to achieve production objectives through operational excellence,” he said.

“It also provides continuity and stability to Curragh’s northern operations while we deliver on our expansion plans.”

Coronado last month announced details of a new mine plan for Curragh, expected to lift saleable coal porduction from about 12.9Mtpa to 15Mtpa by 2023.

It incorporates the Stanwell Reserves Area acquired in August last year, just months after Coronado bought the Curragh operation from Wesfarmers for $537 million.

The expansion capex is estimated to be in the range of $80 to $108.5 million.

Thiess wins $1.3b Curragh mining contract