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Preferred contractor announced for $509M coal project

Malabar Resources
Malabar Resources

An underground mining services company could win the latest tender for an underground coal operation.

Pybar Mining Services recently became a preferred contractor for Malabar Coal’s Maxwell Underground Coal Project in Jerrys Plains, 117km northwest of Newcastle.

The successful bidder is first-in-line to supply and install 1.3km-long twin parallel drifts, which will be used to access coal seams. This task will require up to 100 workers for metaliferous-style drilling and blasting activities.

Pybar has advertised multiple permanent full-time positions, including several inexperienced roles.

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Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a recruitment day in Orange, one-on-one interviews and team based assessments. Successful applicants will be offered equal time rosters, practical training, prescription safety glasses, employee recognition awards, parental leave, company paid education, Toyota corporate discounts, anniversary gifts and salary packaging options.

“By partnering with our registered training organisations, project managers and safety team we can deliver skills training and work readiness in a simulated underground mining environment. This is a benefit to both our inexperienced employee and our site management teams,” the company said on its website.

Parent company Metarock Group has executed a letter of intent with Malabar for the alliance-style contract, which is expected to last for 12 months.

The NSW Independent Planning Commission previously granted planning approval for the project, which involves transforming Anglo American’s former Drayton Open Cut Coal Mine into an underground operation. AMR can reveal the new project could potentially use a combination of underground bord, pillar mining and long wall mining methods.

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