A wholly owned subsidiary of Leighton (LEI), Thiess was awarded a US$1.52 billion contract extension for the operation of the Senakin and Satui Coal Mines in South Kalimantan, Indonesia. Thiess Managing Director David Saxelby said, “The renewal of the contract is testament to Thiess’ performance and commitment to Indonesia. The additional work provides a tremendous boost to our base workload for the future.”
Thiess will continue its existing scope of work which includes mine planning, overburden removal, coal mining and transportation, plus operation of the coal processing plants and barge loading ports. Thiess Indonesia President Director Roy Olsen commented that operations on both sites would be ramped up over the coming months to increase production to 12 MT of coal and 120 million cubic meters of overburden per annum.
In addition to this Leighton Asia has secured an A$350 million, six year mining contract for the Ukhaakhudag coal mine project in Mongolia. Leighton Asia is currently working on site at Ukhaakhudag undertaking the initial mine development works and has established a mining team at the site that will commence the mining contract in March 2009. The contract works includes the removal of overburden and mining of the coal, plus provision of mining planning and engineering services.
Hamish Tyrwhitt, managing director of Leighton Asia said, “This contract contributes significantly towards Leighton’s objective of becoming a global mining contractor.”