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Mackay Wins Another $140M+ Contract On Carmichael Project

20 January 2021

Mackay Wins Another $140M+ Contract On Carmichael Project

DRA Global (DRA) has won its second major contract on the Carmichael Project, delivering the $140m coal preparation plant, where the coal is processed and prepared for transport.

Bravus Mining & Resources, CEO David Boshoff said DRA was known for its exceptional service to the Australian resources sector, and previous work on the Carmichael Project has demonstrated their experience and capability. DRA employs more than 700 people in Mackay.

“Mackay is renowned for its well-established mining services industry and it has always been our intention to engage services from regional Queensland wherever possible,” Mr Boshoff said. 

“DRA will carry out the design, engineering and construction of our Coal Preparation Plant, in addition to the Coal Handling Plant that they are already delivering. We expect to see more than 250 people working on these combined projects onsite, ensuring regional Queensland cities like Mackay see the benefits going back into their local economies.”

Mr Boshoff said the Coal Handling Plant and the Coal Preparation Plant work together to prepare and process the coal to meet market specifications.

“The Coal Handling Plant resizes the coal and the Coal Preparation Plant processes the coal to meet final product quality requirements. In doing so, the finished product is more energy efficient and environmentally friendly,” Mr Boshoff said.

“It is these facilities that will see Carmichael coal become some of the better-quality coal from around the world.”

DRA Global CEO Andrew Naude said it was pleased to be involved in such a critical project. 

“DRA is delighted to have been awarded an additional major contract on the Carmichael project and to be able to continue creating employment opportunities and supporting the Central Queensland region,” Mr Naude said. 

Mr Boshoff said the work will provide a welcome boost to Mackay’s local economy.

“At a time when the local and global economy is struggling, we are pleased to be supporting fellow Australian companies and local businesses, making the most of skills and expertise you can find right here in our own Queensland backyard,” Mr Boshoff said.

“We are proud to have made good on our promises to Queensland, and especially regional Queensland. We have created more than 2,000 jobs and signed more than $1.5 billion in contracts.

“More than 88% of our contracts are being delivered in Queensland and have 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.

“Every week we are reaching exciting new major milestones on the Carmichael mine and rail projects bringing us a step closer to the reality of completion. We are on track and looking forward to producing first coal in 2021,” he said.


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Coal Handling Plant (CHP) and Coal Preparation Plant (CPP) Fast Facts: 

The CHP is designed to size the coal and prepare it for transport including loading the coal on to trains. 

The CPP is designed to process the coal, using recycled water and density separation processes so that the product that goes into market is more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

DRA will carry out the engineering, design and construction of the CHP and the CPP, which will be built at our Carmichael Mine. This includes:

  • Supply and construction of coal processing infrastructure;
  • Supply and construction of coal sizing and conveying equipment; 
  • Construction of coal stockpiling infrastructure; and 
  • Construction of the Train Load Out infrastructure to enable loading of trains.