Privately owned Australian infrastructure, construction and services company, Whittens, has been awarded a significant contract circa $22M by G&S Engineering Services at MACH Energy Australia’s Mount Pleasant Operation, near Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley, NSW.

The contract is for the plant site bulk earthworks, construction of the ROM wall, roads, drainage, and buried services, together with the detailed earthworks and construction of 7,000m3 of structural concrete. Included in the concrete scope of work are major structures such as a sizing station, plant feed and thickener areas, transfer pads through to the stockpile and a reclaim tunnel.

The project is the second major project secured by Whittens in New South Wales in 2017, and again demonstrates Whittens’ capacity as a self-performing contractor with both bulk earthworks and concrete construction capabilities.

Director Tyron Whitten said the contract would provide an opportunity to work with the local community, opening up employment and supply prospects in an area where Whittens has a long and successful history of project delivery.

"Securing this work not only strengthens our long-term relationship with G&S Engineering, but further demonstrates our position as an industry leader in bulk earthworks and concrete construction. With on-going projects in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales, covering the resources, defence and renewable energy sectors, Whittens’ diversification strategy, supported by our loyal on- and off-site workforce, has seen us continue to succeed and grow, in what has been viewed as a difficult market."

MACH Energy Australia’s Mount Pleasant Operation is targeting clean energy coal that will be used in some of the world’s most advanced and highly efficient power plants, enabling lower global emissions and facilitating the transition to a low emissions economy. The Mount Pleasant deposit has total marketable reserves of 474 million tonnes of thermal coal for export markets.