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Thiess wins QCoal Northern Hub contract

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Australian mining contractor, Thiess, part of the CIMIC Group, has been awarded an AUS$250 million contract by QCoal Group to operate the QCoal Northern Hub mines in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.

The contract will run for three years with an option for a one-year extension and covers the continuation of operation at the Sonoma and Drake coal mines.

“We have a long association with the QCoal Group going back to the start of the mine in 2007,” said Thiess Managing Director Michael Wright. “We are also pleased to continue our association with the Collinsville community with this contract award securing employment for our locally-based long-term people.”

Thiess’s history in the Collinsville area goes back to 1996 when it began operating the nearby Collinsville coal mine, Queensland’s oldest coal mine and now part of Glencore’s Australian coal operations.

Employing 250 people, the Sonoma mine produces 4 million tpa of hard coking and thermal coal products for export from the Abbott Point Coal Terminal. The nearby Drake mine will produce up to 6 million tpa of hard coking and thermal coals when fully operational.

CIMIC Group – formerly Leighton Contractors – is one of the world’s leading mining contractors. It is majority owned by Hochtief AG, a subsidiary of Spanish engineering company Grupo ACS, which holds almost 70% of CIMIC shares.

Headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, CIMIC’s contract mining subsidiary Thiess operates mines in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Mongolia, Botswana, Chile and India bringing in revenue of AUS$1.54 billion in the six months to June 2015.

Over the past month and including the QCoal contract, Thiess has been awarded contracts worth over AUS$3.3 billion to operate coal mines in Australia and Mongolia, including Jellinbah Group’s Lake Vermont mine in the Bowen Basin, Glencore’s Mt Owen mine in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales and the Ukhaa Khudag coal mine in southern Mongolia.

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