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Production begins at central Qld coal mine

CAT 794AC truck
CAT 794AC truck

A $1 billion fossil fuel development recently commenced mining in Queensland’s Isaac region.

Pembroke Resources recently moved first dirt at its Olive Downs Coking Coal Project, 40km southeast of Moranbah.

Thiess, Caterpillar and Hastings Deering will supply a total of 21 driverless trucks, three autonomous drills and a private LTE network.

A new Liebherr R 9800 excavator plus Caterpillar autonomous-ready 794 AC haul trucks have been mobilised. Cat MineStar Command will control hauling while Command will be used for drilling work.

The following permanent full-time positions have been advertised:

  • shotfirer
  • tyre fitter
  • boilermaker
  • truck drivers
  • serviceperson
  • auto electrician
  • senior shotfirer
  • mining engineer
  • mining coordinator
  • coal quality geologist
  • environmental advisor
  • electrical tradesperson
  • maintenance leading hand
  • blast crew (multiple positions)
  • multiskilled operators (multiple)
  • mobile heavy equipment fitter
  • crane operator trade assistant
  • mobile processing unit operator
  • autonomous haulage system technician/specialist.

Successful applicants will be offered an annual salary of up to $167,991 plus potential bonuses of up to $16,575 including super.

Even time rosters of seven days on seven days off, 12 hour shifts, local living options, fly-in fly-out, drive-in drive-out, bus-in bus-out and Medibank private health insurance are also available.

Click here to apply.

“We are excited for Thiess to deploy autonomous equipment and processes to the Olive Downs Complex. Implementing this technology will not only enhance safety and productivity but also contribute significantly to the achievement of our sustainability goals: Improving energy consumption, lowering carbon emissions and decreasing our ecological footprint,” Pembroke chairman and CEO Barry Tudor said in a public statement.

Thiess assets technical services and technology group executive Ramesh Liyanage, mining general manager Vikesh Magan, and other senior executives from Caterpillar, Liebherr and Hastings Deering attended the opening ceremony.

Full production is expected to start sometime in late 2023.

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