Leighton Contractors awarded $738million Sonoma contract extension

4 Jul 12

Leighton Contractors, through its Mining Division, has been awarded a three and a half year contract extension worth approximately $738million for the provision of mining services at the Sonoma Mine in Queensland’s northern Bowen Basin.

Hamish Tyrwhitt, Chief Executive Officer for Leighton Holdings, added this project award is closely aligned with the Leighton Group’s core competencies in contract mining.  Our success in winning the contract demonstrates the value placed on our expertise and excellence by clients such as Sonoma Mine Management and our ability to deliver sustainable growth through the extension of existing contractual arrangements.

The contract, awarded by Sonoma Mine Management Pty Ltd, encompasses project management including site statutory obligations, fleet maintenance and operational services for coal and overburden mining.

Leighton Contractors’ relationship with Sonoma Mine Management dates back to 2007 when its mining team commenced operations at the greenfield site. Since then, Sonoma has produced a mix of 14 million tonnes of hard coking and thermal coal for rail and shipping, and provides work opportunities for approximately 400 people, predominantly from the local region.

Greg Fokes, General Manager – Coal, said the Mining Division’s experience and proven capabilities in coal mining and mine services had prompted Sonoma Mine Management to continue to partner with Leighton Contractors.

“We are very excited to once again work with Sonoma Mine Management. The contract extension at Sonoma recognises the hard work that the mining team has put into the project over the past five years and we look forward to many more opportunities in the future,” he said.

“Thanks to our trusted partnership with Sonoma Mine Management, we are thrilled to be joining forces on two projects associated with QCoal – this contract plus the $430million contract at the nearby Jax Mine.”