Two of the three pits at Burton Colliery are still in operation at the Bowen Basin mine in Queensland. Thiess is the current mining contractor at the site.
Mining contractor Thiess was awarded the initial design, construction and operating contract in January 1996. Since the takeover, the mine has produced more than 60mt of coal and works are planned at the colliery up until 2016.
Mining of the original Burton pit was completed in June 2005; however two other pits south of Burton are still operational. The pits operate from the main industrial area, with coal hauled by road from each area to the coal processing plant.
Thiess designed and constructed the mines infrastructure and operations including mining, coal processing and loading the coal in to rail wagon for transport to the port.
The LOM contract currently has work planned up to 2016. On average, the operations maintain a coal feed rate of between 3.5mtpa and 5.7mtpa, depending on client rail requirements.