Full project details
The Blackwater Coal project represented Australia’s largest ever turnkey design and construct contract for coal-handling and preparation plant. Laing O’Rourke, in partnership with Roberts and Schaefer, provided a fully integrated, multidisciplinary design with plant capacity to produce 14 Million Tonnes per annum at Queensland’s Blackwater Mine.
Completed in 2007 at Blackwater Mine, 200 km west of Rockhampton, the new plant replaced the existing north, south and thermal plant, and was constructed in parallel. The scope of works included:
- a receiving plant for run-of-mine coal
- a crushing and screening plant
- a 60,000 tonne raw coal stockpile
- a two-module 1800 tonnes per hour wash plant
- a 450,000 tonne product coal stockpile
- two travelling, slewing and luffing stackers
- two portal reclaimers
- a train-loading system to load 7000 tonne trains in 1.4 hours
The project team brought together over 30 years of experience in coal mine infrastructure works, particularly in materials handling facilities. The team’s role comprised the complete design, construction, supply and commissioning of the coal-handling and preparation plant, which were all carried out to meet strict mine safety requirements. Overall operating costs were ultimately reduced through the application of modern coal-handling and processing technology.
The Blackwater Mine has benefited from considerable efficiency improvements from the new generation plant. The plant has also contributed significantly to the mine’s long-term sustainability, a major advantage for the Blackwater region.