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Following its launch in March of this year, Thiess Rehabilitation has been awarded its first contract, a 3.5 year partnership with Idemitsu Australia’s Ensham Resources to deliver mine rehabilitation solutions that create areas for native bushland corridors and cattle grazing across more than 700 hectares of land. 

The scope of works includes the detailed design and construction of the final rehabilitated landforms, topsoiling and seed bed preparation, and sowing of both pasture and native tree species at the Ensham Mine, east of Emerald in Queensland.

The team will apply industry leading landform design methodologies, as well as the implementation of technology for surveying and seeding to deliver the project. 

Thiess Rehabilitation group manager, James Anderson, said the contract at the Ensham Mine was a fitting way to mark Thiess Rehabilitation’s first project as a standalone business. 

“We’re really excited to work with Idemitsu’s Ensham Resources, who have already achieved more than 660 hectares of progressive rehabilitation at the mine,” he said. 

“We share an understanding that mining is about value, and that value is fully realised when we return the land to a sustainable and usable state.  

“We’re looking forward to bringing our whole-of-mine-life insight to design, develop and deliver solutions to meet the needs of our clients and leave a positive legacy.” 

Ensham Resources general manager Andy Mifflin said the company was proud of the progressive rehabilitation achievements to date and were looking forward to working with Thiess on the next stage of rehabilitation.

“We’re very pleased with our achievements to date, including attaining the Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science’s certification of the largest area of open cut coal mining rehabilitation ever in Queensland, with a total of 663 ha of progressive rehabilitation utilised for long term cattle grazing,” he said.

“Ensham looks forward to working with Thiess Rehabilitation to achieve the successful completion of the next phase of our progressive rehabilitation.”

Thiess Rehabilitation offers world-leading mine rehabilitation services by miners, who are also environmental experts. The team provides comprehensive rehabilitation services for the mining sector for sites of all sizes, commodities, requirements and lifecycle stages.