In 2013, the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) officially inaugurated their new open-cut metallurgical coal mine. Located within Central Queensland's coal-rich Bowen Basin, the Daunia mine had initial annual capacity of 4.5 million metric tons of export metallurgical coal.
Bechtel provided engineering, procurement, construction, and management services to deliver BMA’s project, which also included a coal-handling and processing unit, and infrastructure to support operations and shipment. We completed the project under budget and four months ahead of schedule.
Central Queensland is also home to other projects Bechtel has delivered for the BMA (Caval Ridge and Hay Point Expansion Stage 3). Coal from Caval Ridge is transported by rail from Daunia to Hay Point, which is roughly 93 miles (about 150 kilometers) away.