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:: Leighton JV to Improve Coal Handling and Processing Operations

Leighton Mining, part of Leighton Contractors' Resources Division, has teamed up with DRA Pacific, adding weight to their suite of coal -related services in the areas of materials handling and minerals processing.

DRA Pacific is part of the worldwide DRA Group which has multi-disciplinary engineering companies situated in each continent, specialising in mining, mineral processing, plant design, construction, and plant operations. Together Leighton Mining and DRA Pacific will partner in offering design, construction, operation and maintenance of coal handling and processing plants in Australia.

Steven Keyser, General Manager of Leighton Mining said the combined strengths of Leighton Mining and DRA Pacific will provide the two companies with a competitive edge in pursuing coal processing opportunities. "This partnership reflects both companies' commitment to provide industry-leading services in project development, infrastructure, mining and processing solutions to the coal industry," Keyser said. "DRA Pacific's process engineering expertise combined with our construction, mining, operation and maintenance capabilities will be able to provide our Australian clients with a total-mine-solution."

Donald Holley, Managing Director DRA Pacific said DRA recognised in order for them to successfully implement a coal project in Australia they needed to align themselves with a company that has a very strong track record of project implementation in this country.

For the Resources Division of Leighton Contractors, of which Leighton Mining is part the partnership with DRA Pacific strengthens its whole-of-mine offering. Leighton Mining will work with other divisions of Leighton Contractors including Construction and Industrial to offer total service delivery as a mining solution. "Contract mining has evolved in leaps and bounds over the last decade, moving into a space that sees us as service providers partnering with clients from the feasibility and planning stage through to the processing and delivery stages," Keyser said. "The potential from this partnership is significant for both partners, our clients and the industry."




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