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Thiess in Indo river clean-up near coal mine

Mining contractor Thiess and IRF will focus on river clean-up and sanitation in the Kedang Pahu River region, near Thiess's Melak coal mining operations.

In October 2008, Thiess Indonesia secured an eight-year contract for the development and operation of a greenfield coal mine near Melak in East Kalimantan and owned by the Bayan Group. The Melak mine is divided into two different mine concessions, Teguh Sinar Abadi and Firman Ketaun Perkasa.

Thiess undertook mine planning, overburden removal, coal mining, and coal loading and transportation from the mine site to the port. Works also involved site infrastructure development including construction of a 100-person staff accommodation camp, an equipment maintenance workshop, office complex, fuel storage facilities and construction of explosives magazines.

The river clean-ups Described as a pioneering pilot project, Thiess says it is building new toilets and bio-septic tanks at three schools in Lambing village.

The pilot project will also have an education component to raise awareness around sanitation practices and river health, bolstering community awareness.

"By uniting with the IRF, Thiess takes a big step towards addressing the global challenge of clean water and sanitation," Thiess said.

Thiess was recently awarded a A$240 million nickel mining contract with PT Halmahera Sukses Mineral, marking Thiess's second venture in the Indonesian nickel market in 2023.

During this 3.5-year contract, Thiess says it will deliver full mining operations including mine development, haul road construction, ore loading and hauling. The mine is situated in Central Halmahera, North Maluku, just 6km from another Thiess operation.

CEO Michael Wright said the award underscored the company's track record in the Indonesian mining industry.