Nov 27, 2020

Coal project blasts ahead as construction hits peak

Coal project blasts ahead as construction hits peak Bravus has started using controlled blasts to break up rock on top of the coal seams to be mined.

Construction on Central Queensland’s Carmichael coal project has reached a peak, with more than 2000 people working at the site.

Bravus Mining and Resources chief executive officer David Boshoff said he was delighted to report the project was able to deliver more jobs than previously expected.

The jobs announcement coincided with a project milestone for Bravus, with the first controlled blast occurring onsite this week.

“The team has done an incredible job of moving more than 2.5 million cubic metres of soil that sits on top of the coal seams, using excavators,” Mr Boshoff said.

“They have dug down more than 12m. Now we have reached rock we have begun to use controlled blasts to break it up so the excavators and trucks can move it. This means coal production is one step closer to being a reality.”

  • See footage of the first blast HERE

Mr Boshoff said mine construction would continue to progress quickly, as would construction of the railway.

“There’s still plenty of construction work to be done,” he said.

“We have now commenced work on the coal handling and processing plant, and in the coming weeks we will be able to show our exciting progress on rail project as well, with track laying to commence shortly.”

Bravus (formerly Adani Australia) has awarded more than $1.5 billion in contracts for the Carmichael coal and rail project.

Mr Boshoff said 90 per cent of those were being delivered by Queensland-based contractors from Rockhampton and Townsville, to Mackay, Clermont, Collinsville, Gladstone and Toowoomba.

In addition to more than 2000 direct roles on site, he said the work was supporting a further 9000 indirect jobs in the community (a projection based on accepted industry economic modelling).

“The Stop Adani movement said our project would never go ahead and would never create a single job. We have again proved our opponents wrong,” he said.

“Our project and the Queensland coal industry is powering the State economy, we are putting money in the pockets of workers and businesses in North and Central Queensland.”

The project is expected produce first coal in 2021.

Contractor Martinus, which is delivering civil and track works for the project, recently shared this progress photo on social media.