Leighton Contractors offers specialist experience in surface and underground coal operations. From greenfield start-ups to brownfield expansions, the company is a leader in Australia’s coal mining industry, offering unmatched expertise in the full range of mining services.

Our focus on clients and building lasting relationships is exemplified by our 12 years at Moorvale with Peabody Energy.

Current projects

Leighton Contractors currently operates a diverse set of six coal projects in Queensland’s coal-rich Bowen Basin, the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and New Zealand:

We employ more than 1,400 people across these projects and move approximately 186 million tonnes of overburden and 13.65 million tonnes of coal for our clients annually.


With a focus on driving efficiency and achieving bottom-line objectives for our clients, we offer a full suite of services, including:

  • Open-cut mining.
  • Underground mining.
  • Mine planning and technical services support.
  • Mine and infrastructure development.
  • Coal Handling and Preparation Plant (CHPP), coal processing and materials handling, design and construction.
  • CHPP operations and maintenance.
  • Fixed plant and mobile plant maintenance.
  • Site rehabilitation.


Safety, flexibility, reliability and high productivity are central pillars to Leighton Contractors running efficient operations which deliver on time, on budget outcomes for clients.

A focus on continuous improvement and dedication to innovative use of technology enables Leighton Contractors to review services and operating methodologies on an ongoing basis to enhance project results.