Developing the largest greenfield coal-mining complex in Australia
Bechtel designed and built Caval Ridge Mine, the largest greenfield coal-mining complex in Australia, for a joint venture of BHP Billiton and Mitsubishi Development. It is located in the Bowen Basin of Central Queensland and produces hard metallurgical export coal for use in China, India, and elsewhere as coke in steel mills.
The mine's initial production capacity is expected to be 5.5 million metric tons per year.
Coal from Caval Ridge, and from the other of the joint-venture's properties (including Daunia, also built by Bechtel), are shipped out of the Hay Point terminal, currently being expanded by Bechtel. Hay Point is roughly 150 miles (about 240 kilometers) northeast of Caval Ridge, just south of Mackay.
The project includes a coal mine and a coal-handling and -preparation plant as well as other facilities.