Bechtel provided engineering, procurement, construction, and management services for the Daunia coal mine in Australia. Located within Central Queensland's coal-rich Bowen Basin, the mine has annual capacity of 4.5 million metric tons of export metallurgical coal.
Built for a joint venture of BHP Billiton and Mitsubishi Development, the project included an open-cut coal mine, a coal-handling and processing unit, and infrastructure to support operations and shipment.
Central Queensland, which is also home to other Bechtel projects (Caval Ridge
and Hay Point Coal Terminal
), accounts for roughly 40 percent of the entire state's coal production. Coal from Caval Ridge is transported by rail from Daunia to Hay Point, which is roughly 93 miles (about 150 kilometers) away. We completed Daunia under budget and the mine produced coal four months ahead of schedule.