Curragh Coal Mine

30km north of Blackwater, QLD
Coronado Curragh
  • Coal
Contract type
Schedule of rates
June 2004 - ongoing

Thiess has operated one of Australia’s largest independent coal mines, Curragh, since 2004. Now in our third successive contract with the client, we consistently meet production targets through operational excellence and a commitment to strong safety performance.


Thiess commenced operations at Curragh Coal Mine in 2004 with the construction of mine infrastructure. Under our current contract, we will remove up to 49 million cubic metres of overburden and 9.3 million tonnes of coal annually. Our scope also includes operation and maintenance of our own mobile plant and equipment, as well as the client’s Bucyrus 495HR2 electric rope shovel.

Thiess has driven outstanding productivity and safety at Curragh. Our Australia-first pairing of a fleet of T282C ultra class trucks with the client’s electric rope shovel has significantly improved efficiencies in production. Our operations have also been supported with strong leadership and reporting, ensuring the early identification and management of safety risks.

Thiess has also ensured workforce diversity and community engagement on this project. In July 2013, 10 Indigenous women from Rockhampton and Blackwater became the first graduates of our ‘Oothungs (sisters) in Mining’ program, kickstarting their careers at Curragh. In addition, our team has sponsored a series of healthy living events, raised funds for Angel Flight, and supported many local charities and sporting organisations.

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