Downer EDI wins two more contracts at Blackwater Mine

Leading provider of engineering and infrastructure management services Downer EDI Limited (Downer) announced that it has been awarded two more contracts from mining giant Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) at its Blackwater coal mine in the Bowen Basin, Central Queensland.

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According to the company’s announcement, the first contract is a $150 million two-year agreement for the provision of mining and maintenance services, while the second one is a $75 million three-year agreement for the provision of blasting services.

The works included in these two contracts are additional to those included in the $100 million mining services contract announced by Downer in June 2015.

BMA will confirm when these contracts will begin, Downer said.

BMA suspended operations at its Blackwater coal mine in March following a truck accident in which a worker lost his life. The accident was reportedly the second in one month at the Queensland mine.

Blackwater has coal reserves amounting to 877 million tonnes of coking coal, one of the largest coal reserves in Asia and the world.

BMA operates seven Bowen Basin mines – Goonyella Riverside, Broadmeadow, Daunia, Peak Downs, Saraji, Crinum, Blackwater and Caval Ridge – and the Hay Point Coal Terminal near Mackay.

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