OUR PAST PROJECTS

The SAB Mining Group of companies is proud of its vast background in contract mining within the local resources sector, working right across the Bowen Basin mining region. Some of these projects have included, Coal Recovery, Dozer Push, selective Seam Mining, Overbuden and other Coal Mining activities with projects totally well in excess of $50M.

 

ABOUT QCOAL NORTHERN HUB MINE SITE

The SAB Mining Services business was contracted to QCoal Pty Ltd, for a period of seven years. QCoal is a privately owned company who focuses on coal exploration and mining across the Bowen Basin and developed exceptional capability and knowledge of the Queensland area, which is demonstrated by their discovery and development of numerous coal deposits.

SAB Mining Services provided bulk earth moving, haul road construction and maintenance and production mining services to QCoals Northern Hub Mine Site (previously known as Sonoma Mine), located approximately 6km south of Collinsville at the northern end of the Bowen Basin in Queensland. Annually the QCoal Northern Hub Mine site produced up to 6 million tonnes of high quality coking and thermal coal to be shipped offshore via the Abbot Point Coal Terminal.

 

PROJECT SNAP SHOT

LOCATION

The QCoal Northern Hub (QCNH) mine site (previously known as Sonoma Mine) is located 6kms from Collinsville, in the northern Bowen Basin coal mining region of Central Queensland.

SIZE

Annually QCNH site produced up to 6 million tonnes of high quality coking and thermal coal to be shipped offshore via the Abbot Point Coal Terminal.  The site which was made up of multiple satellite pits, contracted SAB Mining Services to run our own production mining crews throughout various stages of the seven year contract, including Cows Pit and Drake 1 and 2.

METHOD

Earth moving fleet consisting of excavators, haul trucks, ancillary equipment including the crushing and haulage plant for the Coal Bypass project with annual material movement of approximately 14M BCM.

WORKFORCE

The SAB Mining Services provided a total workforce of up to 85 personnel including a project management team and workforce for all operations, maintenance, HSET, production mining and mine services crew requirements.

 

Mining Services Project

SAB Mining Services project team operated within satellite pits at the QCoal Northern Hub on behalf of QCoal, moving overburden and production strip mining of coking coal. We successfully project managed and provided a workforce of up to 85 personnel who operated and maintained an earth moving fleet consisting of excavators, haul trucks, ancillary equipment including the crushing and haulage plant for the Coal Bypass project with annual material movement of approximately 14M BCM.

Scope of Mining Services included:

  • Production Mining including clearing land, removal and storage of topsoil; overburden, mine and extract ROM coal

  • Accommodation planning and management 

  • Area station – workshop, offices, crib rooms and ablutions

  • Services and Facilities - transportation for personnel, mine dewatering, area lighting, road watering and dust suppression, PPE and portable fire fighting equipment, chemical storage, refuelling, oil and coolant storage and dispensing.

  • Site Preparation - vegetation clearing, topsoil stripping, stockpiling and placement.

  • Loading, haulage of overburden

  • Mining and delivery of ROM Coal

  • Stockpile Management

  • Water Management

  • Rehabilitation Management

  • Waste Management

  • Plant and Equipment Maintenance, including: planning, workshop and field maintenance resourcing, parts and materials ordering and logistics.

  • Project management, supervision, safety and compliance and administration functions.  

Bypass Crushing Services Project

In addition to the Mining Services Project, the SAB Mining Services project team also ran a crew of fixed and mobile plant operators and maintenance personnel for the Bypass project, hauling thermal coal which has been processed from the Bypass ROM to the train loadout facility, via multi-combination road train trucks loaded directly onto trains for transportation by rail. This process created more opportunity for the client to fully utilise its CHPP for Coking Coal product, and in turn creating more revenue for the Client.

With our reputation for cost effectiveness and high productivity, SAB’s operations at the QCoal Northern Hub Mine were critical to its’ performance. This led us to our expansion in times when many other contractors and mining houses were cutting back.

Equipment List

  • Hitachi EX5500

  • Liebherr 9350

  • Hitachi EX1200

  • CAT 789 Rear Dump Trucks

  • CAT 777 Rear Dumps

  • CAT D11 Dozers

  • CAT D10 Dozers

  • CAT 16M Graders

  • CAT 777 Water Trucks

  • Ancillary Equipment/Workshop