CIMIC Group’s global mining services provider, Thiess, has secured a AU$1.2 billion contract from BHP to provide mining services at the Mt Arthur Coal operation in the Hunter Valley, Australia.

TAMOct18 img02This new five-year contract builds on Thiess’ existing agreement and expands the scope of Thiess’ operations to include additional services as mine operator of the southern end of the Mt Arthur Coal operations (the Ayredale and Roxburgh Pits).

Under the new contract Thiess will perform mine design, planning and scheduling services, drill and blast operations, overburden removal and coal mining.

CIMIC Group Chief Executive Officer Michael Wright said that this was the third successive contract that Thiess has secured with BHP at Mt Arthur Coal.

“It recognises our team’s specialist mining capability within the Hunter Valley's complex geology and our team's ability to work flexibly with our client.”

CIMIC Group Executive Mining and Mineral Processing and Thiess Managing Director Douglas Thompson said that the company was pleased to continue working at Mt Arthur Coal’s southern operations, supporting local jobs, suppliers and businesses.

The scope of works will create up to 300 permanent, locally-based roles.

Thiess has a strong presence in the Hunter Valley, where it has operated since the 1940s. Today it provides mining services at three mines, operates two maintenance workshops and contributes significantly to regional employment.