Caval Ridge Coal Handling Preparation Plant that will receive additional tonnage through the Caval Ridge Southern Circuit project announced on Friday.
Caval Ridge Coal Handling Preparation Plant that will receive additional tonnage through the Caval Ridge Southern Circuit project announced on Friday. BMA

About 200 mining jobs up for grabs at BHP career day

AUSTRALIA'S largest coal producer, BHP and Mitsubishi development, is showing no signs of leaving the Bowen Basin any time soon.

BMA Alliance already owns seven mines in the region and on Friday received another tick of approval from the government on its way to yet another, the Saraji East Mine 30km north of Dysart.

By releasing the environmental impact statement (EIS) terms of reference for public scrutiny, the government has put the future of the mine in BHP's hands, the next step was for the company to start the EIS once public submissions had been received.

The project would need about 1000 construction and 500 operational workers and produce up to seven million tonnes a year.

But BHP spokesperson said there were not current plans to go ahead with the mine it bought for US$1billion in 2008 , and the second project sitting on the shelf for the BHP.

In fact BHP was busy enough with its current operations, it needed the Saraji East approval because the existing Saraji Mine continued to creep east towards where the two mining leases meet.

A BHP spokesperson also said the company needed to find another 200 for its Bowen Basin operations.

"Thursday's careers day at Blackwater has been organised to provide potential candidates with the opportunity to speak directly with the labour hire providers and service contracting firms that are seeking to recruit up to 200 people to work for them at the nine Bowen Basin coal operations owned by BHP and our joint venture partners," the spokesperson said.

"The labour hire and service contracting firms are seeking experienced candidates with the current qualifications and tickets to operate mobile equipment, such as trucks, dozers and graders, as well as mobile equipment maintainers."

It's another long line of workers in the region who would get their pay packet from BHP as the company contributed to about 10,000 jobs directly and indirectly in the Bowen Basin and Mackay.

The next project for BHP was the $271million, 11km overland conveyor that would transport coal from Peak Downs Mine to the coal preparation plant at Caval Ridge.

"The Caval Ridge Southern Circuit expansion project which will commence shortly with a construction workforce of up to 400 workers at its peak over the next 18 months, plus lock in another 200 equipment operator roles when the project is completed and mining is expanded at Peak Downs Mine," the BHP spokesperson said.

When the company does take the mining leases that have been shelved it would most start with the whopping Red Hill Mining Lease Project that has had conditional approval since 2015.

That project, 20km from Moranbah, is waiting on BHP to give it the go-ahead and would need about 2000 workers for the construction stage and 1500 when it was operational.

The BHP Careers Day at Blackwater International Coal Centre on Thursday June 8 will start at 9.30am and finish at 3.30pm.