QCoal, part owner of the Byerwen Coal operation in central Queensland, Australia, has tapped Sedgman for the design and construction of the project’s tailings dewatering facility.

byerwen coalThe open-pit operation in the Bowen Basin is being developed by Byerwen Coal, a joint venture between QCoal and JFEW Steel. As part of the contract, Sedgman will also evaluate opportunities for operational risk reduction, power usage, and water recovery improvements.

Sedgman will also manage the mine’s dewatering chemicals.

The combination of the companies is an extension of its existing relationship; among other projects, the firm provided engineering, construction and commissioning (ECC) services on QCoal’s train loadout facility. Last October, it was awarded work at the Sonoma and Byerwen processing plants.

“The tailings dewatering contract at Byerwen is a great opportunity to achieve joint goals in ESG, an important focus for the industry,” said Sedgman managing director Grant Fraser.

The contract’s work will begin this month, and should be completed by the middle of next year.

Byerwen, located just west of Glenden, is still under a phase development. At peak, it is expected to produce 10 million tonnes annually, after which tonnage will be railed to the Abbot Point Coal Terminal for export.

Sources: QCoal and Sedgman