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SMW Group awarded contracts worth AUS$3 million by Bravus

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A new contract with a Rockhampton business means support for local Rockhampton jobs. Bravus Mining & Resources has officially awarded contracts worth more than AUS$3 million to Rockhampton’s SMW Group for a number of new Ultrahaul CAT796 mine truck trays and a bore field maintenance programme.

The contracts will have direct benefits for Rockhampton and Mackay in the form of jobs, as well as bolstering the local economies against the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions.

Bravus believes it is important to leverage the experience of regional Queensland’s mining services industry during the construction of the Carmichael Project.

“There’s an extensive mining services knowledge base in our region, and it has always been our intention to use this and work with businesses based in central Queensland wherever possible,” Bravus Mining & Resources CEO, David Boshoff, said.

“The Ultrahaul tray is a class-leading product for mine haul trucks that SMW Group has developed specifically for the central Queensland coal industry. The trays are tailored for our fleet of CAT796AC haul trucks and will help to maximise production and improve operational efficiency.”

Boshoff said Bravus was keen to capitalise on SMW Group’s rich history servicing coal mines in central and northern Queensland.

“We have been impressed by SMW Group’s willingness to work with us to get the product right for our operations and look forward to seeing the results of this relationship over time.”

SMW Group Chief Operating Officer, Frank Humphreys, said that the contract was a great result for the company and central Queensland manufacturing.

“Securing a contract to supply Ultrahaul trays to the Carmichael Project is a great outcome for SMW Group and is a vote of confidence for central Queensland’s mining services industry,” Humphreys said.

Boshoff said the contract would have direct benefits for regional Queensland, from Bowen to Rockhampton, bolstering the local economies against the impacts of COVID restrictions.

“Having this level of manufacturing capacity in our region is a huge boost, because we can continue to grow our fleet and ramp up operations with minimal impact from COVID induced restrictions and border closures,” Boshoff added.

“We are proud to have made good on our promises to Queensland, and especially regional Queensland. We have created more than 2600 jobs and signed more than AUS$2.2 billion in contracts.

“More than 88% of our contracts are being delivered in Queensland. This work has been spread across all corners of the state to give as many regions as possible the opportunity to benefit from our project, while also enabling us to tap into the highly-skilled construction and resources industry workforce that Queensland possesses.

“We are ramping up our mining fleet and construction on the coal handling and processing plant is well underway. We are excited to be so close to delivering on our promise to ship first coal this year.”

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