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Peabody Australia will extend the life of its North Goonyella coal mine out to at least 2026 with the development of the North Goonyella South Project.

The company is  investing in a new longwall system, featuring a 300m face conveyor and advanced technology including automated steering, to support the extension.

Peabody President – Australia George J. Schuller Jr said the extension of the mine, near Moranbah, would secure employment for more than 230 employees.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to continue to provide employment for people in regional and remote locations,” he said.

“Any opportunity we have to support the local community through jobs and investment is a win for us, and we certainly feel we will be able to do this at our North Goonyella Coal Mine for many years to come.”

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the announcement was more good news for the State’s coal industry and the men and women it supported through full-time jobs.

“It again demonstrates the strong demand for Queensland coal especially metallurgical coal which is used to make steel,” he said.

“Peabody has longstanding relationships with Indian steelmakers and a recent report from the Office of the Chief Economist highlighted the growth in metallurgical coal exports to India – increasing by 22 per cent over the last 12 months and forecast to overtake China as the world’s largest importer of metallurgical coal by 2020.

“The Indian steel story will continue to grow along with its urbanisation story.”

New project to extend North Goonyella mine
Toowoomba's Wolff Mining has been named Contractor of the Year at the 2018 Queensland Mining Awards, held in Mackay last night.

The Queensland Mining Awards were co-hosted by the Bowen Basin Mining Club and the Queensland Resources Council, recognising mining industry contractors, suppliers and producers across eight peer-judged categories.
 
The winners are:
Greyhound Australia Cost Saving Initiative Award – Quarry Mining
Economx Time Saving Initiative Award - Downer Blasting Services
JCB CEA Project Innovation Award - Mine Energy Solutions
Hastings Deering Community/ Staff Engagement  or EEO Award – Rio Tinto
QME Best Product Launch Award - Control Systems Technology
METS Ignited Collaboration Award - Unearthed/Origin Energy/Advance Queensland
McLanahan Safety Award- Greyhound Australia
Bowen Basin Mining Club Queensland Mining Contractor of the Year – Wolff Mining
 
Overall winners Wolff Mining were named a finalist in the Best Product Launch Award, and also narrowly missed a finalist spot in the hotly contested Collaboration category for their semi-autonomous dozer trials.
 
Wolff Mining’s trial of the Caterpillar Command for Dozing module at Curragh Mine near Blackwater was the first time that the technology had been successfully trialled in a production dozing environment – resulting in improved safety, productivity and cost outcomes, award organisers said.
 
Judges felt that for a mid-tier company, Wolff Mining showed a clear focus on innovation and took initiative in partnering with OEMs to operationalise technology that has the potential to change the face of mining.
 
The awards presentation was held during QME, Queensland’s biggest mining exhibition, in Mackay.


Top contractors recognised in Mackay
 

The balll is over for 'Cinderella', at least as far as her time in north Queensland is concerned.

NSS's old mobile harbour crane was recently loaded to the Curtain Bros barge MV Giluwe bound for her new home in Motukea, PNG.


NSS bought 'Cindy' in 2010, bringing an old friend with her to Townsville.

Stevedore Albert Flesher was operating 'Cindy' for Port of Auckland back in the late 1990s.

He also got a job with her when the crane was purchased by a company in Melbourne in the early 2000s and was hired/leased to Australian National Stevedores (a division of ANL).

When Cinderella made her way to Townsville, Mr Flesher was engaged
to train local staff and was subsequently offered a job.

Cinderella heads overseas
NSS has increased its Townsville fleet of reachstackers to three with the $500,000-plus purchase of a new Kalmar DRG450.

Maintenance manager Jarrod Sawyer said the equipment arrived this month, increasing the site’s fleet flexibility and efficiency for loading and unloading containers.

The new reachstacker can lift up to 45 tonnes and can stack containers five units high.

It also has lifting hooks for handling products such as pipes and lengths of steel with slings.

NSS has two reachstackers at the Port of Gladstone as well as the three in Townsville, complementing its fleet of forklifts and container handlers.

“The container handlers can stack five high standard containers but cannot lift half-height containers from the ground because the spreader can’t go down low enough, whereas forklifts can pick up a half–height containers off the ground but can usually only go three high with a standard container,” Mr Sawyer said.

“A reachstacker can actually pick up a half-height container off the ground and still stack standard containers five high if required.

“It can also rotate its spreader 360 degrees and can lower its boom to 3.6m, making it effective for entering our bulk storage facility and utilising the machine tipping containers with our Rotabox spreader.”

He said the Kalmar DRG450 boasted a K-Motion transmission with its hydrostatic technology that allowed for up to 40 per cent better fuel economy than the previous models.

New reachstacker for NSS Townsville
Anglo American has selected Centurion as its preferred tenderer to provide general transport services for coal operations throughout the Bowen Basin in a five-year contract worth more than $75 million.

The win comes 15 months after the transport and logistics company's expansion into Queensland’s heavy haulage marketplace.

Centurion said the contract had generated a significant number of jobs in Queensland, mainly in Mackay, as well as a platform for further growth for the company.

The company will run a daily service out of freight consolidation hubs in Brisbane, Mackay and Rockhampton and provide the backbone for the Anglo American supply chain.

“We are very pleased to be expanding our offering into the Bowen Basin region as we enter a critical period of growth for our business in Queensland," Centurion chief executive Justin Cardaci said.

“We have surpassed our expectations in terms of performance for our east coast operations in the past 15 months. Our focus is on continuing to build this business by leveraging our core capabilities and safely and reliably servicing the mining, energy, and retail sectors."

Mr Cardaci said as part of the new contract Centurion had recruited people locally and the company was committed to supporting the regional communities where it was operating.

Centurion wins $75m Bowen Basin transport contract
Minotaur Exploration has acquired the Highlands Project in north-west Queensland from Syndicated Metals for $125,000 cash and shares to the value of $275,000.

The company announced today that the purchase, covering nine exploration permits, had been completed.

The copper project tenements, covering 776sq km, are located 50km north-east of Mount Isa and 80km north-west of Cloncurry.

Minotaur said site establishment work was underway for electromagnetic surveys to proceed in August, with a 1200m drilling program of scout RC holes to commence in September.

The company has recently reported strong copper-gold results at its Eloise joint-venture project, 55km south-east of Cloncurry.

Minotaur continues north-west copper charge