Thiess Rehabilitation, the newcomer rehab arm of engineering and contracting group Thiess, has been awarded its first project: a multi-year partnership with Idemitsu Australia’s Ensham Resources.

thiessThe deal with the client, identified as the Ensham coal operation near Emerald, Queensland, Australia, will be for 3.5 years. Financial details were not released.

The scope of work includes the creation of areas for native bushland corridors and cattle grazing across more than 700 hectares of land.

More specifically, Thiess Rehabilitation will develop a detailed design and construction of the final rehabilitated landforms, topsoiling and seed bed preparation, and sowing of both pasture and native tree species. It will also apply industry leading landform design methodologies and implement technology for surveying and seeding to deliver the project.

Thiess Rehabilitation Group Manager James Anderson said the contract at Ensham serves as a “fitting” way to mark its first project as a standalone business.

“We’re really excited to work with Idemitsu’s Ensham Resources, who have already achieved more than 660 hectares of progressive rehabilitation at the mine,” James said.

“We share an understanding that mining is about value, and that value is fully realised when we return the land to a sustainable and usable state. We’re looking forward to bringing our whole-of-mine-life insight to design, develop and deliver solutions to meet the needs of our clients and leave a positive legacy.”

Ensham Resources General Manager Andy Mifflin said the operation is looking forward to working with Thiess on the next stage of rehabilitation, the dates of which were not made available.

“We’re very pleased with our achievements to date, including attaining the Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science’s certification of the largest area of open cut coal mining rehabilitation ever in Queensland, with a total of 663 ha of progressive rehabilitation utilised for long term cattle grazing.” 

Source: Thiess Rehabilitation

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