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Mount Pleasant

The Mount Pleasant operations in New South Wales. Image: Mach Energy

MACH Energy has awarded Thiess a four-and-a-half-year contract extension at the Mount Pleasant coal mine in New South Wales which will see the mining services contractor continue work at the site into 2026.

Generating approximately $920 million of additional revenue to Thiess across the extended run, the contract extension consolidates MACH Energy’s strong ties with Thiess.

Thiess said it is proud of its relationship with MACH Energy, with the company keen to continue its work at Mount Pleasant going forward.

“Since 2017, Thiess has provided expert planning and optimum mine sequencing to deliver exceptional outcomes for our client. This contract extension builds on our strong five-year relationship with MACH Energy at Mount Pleasant,” Thiess chief executive officer and executive chairman Michael Wright said.

“We’re pleased to continue to drive long-term social, environmental and economic value for the Upper Hunter region.”

Thiess executive general manager of Australia and Pacific Shaun Newberry echoed Wright’s sentiments.

“We’re proud to continue our work at Mount Pleasant where we have a proven track record of delivering industry-leading environmental practices. We also look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the Muswellbrook community to ensure we deliver mutually beneficial outcomes,” Newberry said.

Commencing its Mount Pleasant operations as a greenfield mine in 2017, Thiess’ renewed duties at the mining site will see them continue to provide full-scope mining services including drill and blast, overburden removal, coal mining services and rehabilitation.

The contract extension will begin in April 2022 and comes after Thiess recently added five of Liebherr’s electric T 264 haul trucks to its operations in Chile, each with a 240-tonne payload to increase the company’s production capacity in the South American industry.

Armed with the latest in Liebherr mining equipment, Thiess will look to speed up its run rate in the region going forward.