AN OVERLAND conveyor system expected to accelerate growth and productivity at Moranbah's Caval Ridge mine is on track for completion by the end of the year.
Construction of the $270million Caval Ridge Southern Circuit project, started in mid-2017, has passed the halfway mark, with civil and earthworks progressing well.
The BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) project, which stretches 11km, is on course to be completed by the end of the year, linking the coal giant's Peak Downs mine with the coal handling and preparation plant at Caval Ridge mine.
Mackay-based firm G&S Engineering, which was awarded a $9.5m contract for the project in November, has completed structural steelwork elements, the run-of-mine(ROM) pad, conveyor foundations and a reinforced earth wall that support the ROM dump station.
Meanwhile, Whittens Group and principal contractors CPB Contractors have well progressed civil concrete and earthworks worth $38m.
Once complete, the project is expected to secure around 200 ongoing operational roles and result in the Caval Ridge preparation plant increasing its throughput to reach its 10 million-tonne-per-year capacity.
BHP Billiton president operations, Minerals Australia, Mike Henry said the investment would further the company's productivity agenda, reduce costs, release latent equipment capacity and strength the coal business' global competitiveness.