Downer EDI gets $A1 billion coal contract

ENGINEERING services and mining contractor group Downer EDI has inked a five-year $1 billion contract with American coal mining company Peabody.

Charlotte Dudley

The agreement, with Peabody’s Australian subsidiary Peabody Pacific, will see Downer EDI provide mining services to the company’s Millennium and Wambo opencut coal projects.

Wambo, in the New South Wales Hunter Valley, produces close to 5 million tonnes of saleable thermal coal a year.

Millennium, in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, has mined 1.5Mt of coal a year since 2006.

Peabody Pacific has 10 operations throughout Queensland and New South Wales.