Australia's leading contract coal miner Thiess has been awarded a $2.3 billion contract to extend mining operations at Jellinbah Group's Lake Vermont coal mine in Queensland's resource-rich Bowen Basin.
The new six year agreement will significantly expand current operations and ramp up production from four million tonnes to eight million tonnes per annum.
The new contract continues Thiess' responsibility for mine operations and maintenance.
Thiess' Managing Director Bruce Munro said the substantial contract is a tremendous endorsement of the relationship between the Jellinbah Group and Thiess, which began with the establishment of the Lake Vermont mine in 2007.
"Thiess is very proud to continue its involvement at the Lake Vermont mine where we've been working with the Jellinbah Group from the very beginning to plan, build and operate the mine," Mr Munro said.
Jellinbah Group CEO Greg Chalmers said the continuation of Thiess as a long-term mine operator ensures the on-going delivery of cost competitive coal from the mine.
"We look forward to working closely with Thiess to maximise the value of Lake Vermont and continue the mine as a safe, reliable, responsible and productive operation."
Thiess' parent company Leighton Holdings has recognised the significance of the contract with CEO Hamish Tyrwhitt paying tribute to Thiess' commitment to providing long-term, value-adding services to clients.
"This is an excellent outcome for the Leighton Group and confirms our positive long-term outlook for commodities and contract mining, both in Australia and Asia," Mr Tyrwhitt said.
The Thiess site team at Lake Vermont is gearing up for the new contract and looking forward to the challenges ahead.
Executive General Manager of Thiess' Australian Mining Michael Wright gave credit for the contract extension to the on-site team and its exceptional leadership.
"The contract is reward for their performance, their daily commitment to the safety of our people and to meeting our client's objectives," Mr Wright said.
"We are mobilising ultra-class mining fleets to meet the increased production requirements and we are truly excited by the opportunities this brings to the people of the Dysart area."
Lake Vermont Mine is located 20 kilometres north of Dysart and currently has a total workforce of more than 350.