Fitzroy Australia Resources has awarded Golding Contractors an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contract for the provision of project development services for the Ironbark No. 1 coal mine.
The ECI scope is to provide detailed design, costing and project scheduling for the civil and mining services required to develop this mine. It is anticipated that the construction will start in second quarter 2019 should Fitzroy proceed with Golding.
The State Government recently approved the mining lease for Ironbark No. 1 mine, 35km north-east of Moranbah, with the planned underground longwall operation expected to employ 160 contractors during construction and up to 350 operational staff.
Fitzroy Australia Resources acquired Ironbark No.1, neighbouring Carborough Downs mine and the Broadlea project from Brazilian mining giant Vale in November 2016.
The infrastructure associated with the ECI for Ironbark No.1 includes the bulk excavation and stabilisation of the box cut, installation of portals, haul roads, site access roads, dams and associated civil infrastructure.
The award follows the successful completion of the 12-month Broadlea mining project for Fitzroy, which was awarded to Golding in September 2017 and completed in October 2018.
Fitzroy Australia Resources chief executive officer Grant Polwarth said the agreement with Golding was an important step toward construction and ultimately realising the company’s vision for a modern and innovative Ironbark No. 1 coal mine.
“The agreement follows the safe, efficient and highly successful Broadlea mining project and is a natural extension of the growing partnership between Fitzroy and Golding,” Mr Polwarth said.