Mine oper­a­tions up for grabs

Stan­well open­ing Me­andu to ten­ders for when Downer con­tract ends

South Burnett Times - - NEWS - Michael Nolan michael.nolan @south­bur­nett­times.com.au

STAN­WELL is look­ing for a new ser­vice agree­ment, and po­ten­tially a new op­er­a­tor, for Me­andu Mine once the cur­rent agree­ment with the Downer Group’s con­tract ends in 2020.

The ten­der is ex­pected to open by the end of 2018 and it’ll take an­other 12 months be­fore Stan­well makes a de­ci­sion on who will op­er­ate the mine.

Me­andu Mine site man­ager Dan Red­man said the en­ergy mar­ket was un­der­go­ing a rad­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion and Stan­well’s pri­mary fo­cus is to en­sure the long-term fu­ture of the Tarong Power Sta­tion.

“As with any busi­ness, it is good prac­tice to reg­u­larly re­view sup­ply agree­ments,” Mr Red­man said.

“A new agree­ment will help to en­sure Me­andu main­tains an ef­fi­cient and com­pet­i­tive op­er­a­tion that en­ables the site to con­tinue to pro­vide lo­cal jobs and re­gional in­vest­ment in the South Bur­nett for many years to come.

“As one of the largest em­ploy­ers in the South Bur­nett, Stan­well re­mains fo­cussed on the safety and long-term well­be­ing of its peo­ple and com­mu­nity and it is busi­ness as usual on-site,” he said.

A key re­quire­ment of the ten­der will be a firm com­mit­ment to the em­ploy­ment of lo­cal peo­ple, in­clud­ing trainees and ap­pren­tice­ships, in­dige­nous em­ploy­ment and in­clu­siv­ity.

Downer has op­er­ated the mine for the past eight years and its con­tract was ex­tended in 2016.

A spokes­woman for Stan­well said the ten­der process was stan­dard busi­ness prac­tice to en­sure it had the best deal on of­fer to pro­vide coal for Tarong Power Sta­tion.

They ex­pect Downer may very well ap­ply for the new con­tract to man­age­ment of the site.

Other large mine op­er­a­tors are also ex­pected to ten­der for the mine.

Stan­well took over own­er­ship of the mine in 2008. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.stan­well.com.

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