Thomas & Coffey’s Newcastle Mining & Industrial Projects division, together with Parsons Brinckerhoff, recently completed the new infrastructure work at the complex’s Glendell open cut mine.
According to Thomas & Coffey’s Foundations newsletter, works included a huge high-bay mine truck workshop with a 20-tonne overhead crane and an internal administration area, civil works for a fuel depot, potable water and sewer reticulation throughout the site, and a light vehicle wash facility.
To engineer the extensive piling required for the workshop, the project team came up with an innovative solution for pouring the concrete foundations by altering the order in which tasks took place.
Once they built the piling and installed the pile caps, they erected the roof of the workshop so they could pour the concrete regardless of weather conditions.
Thomas & Coffey also acted as the site head contractor for all the other site works.
Xstrata’s Mt Owen complex consists of the Mt Owen, Ravensworth East and Glendell open cut coal mines. All mines are owned and managed by Xstrata Mt Owen (formerly Hunter Valley Coal Corporation) on behalf of Xstrata Coal.