Mastermyne hits first milestone at Aquila

CONTRACTOR Mastermyne has cut first coal at Anglo American’s Aquila US$226 (A$333) million longwall coal project in Queensland.
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Anglo American's Aquila mine in Queensland.

 There are 100 Mastermyne employees on site for the A$95 million development and outbye services contract.

Full mobilisation is planned for the end of November and, once fully resourced, the contract will employ 160 full-time personnel with a project duration of two years.

Mastermyne has also been engaged to supply development equipment from its fleet and will deploy a continuous miner and ancillary development equipment for the project.

The Aquila project is a medium seam longwall operation targeting the Aquila and Aquila Lower coal seams to produce hard coking coal.

It will include construction of surface infrastructure, development of longwall panels and underground infrastructure to support the operation.

According to Anglo American, development work is expected to begin in September, with first longwall production of premium quality hard coking coal in early 2022.