Downer services coal and metalliferous mining customers at all stages of the mining lifecycle, specialising in both surface and underground mining. We operate across more than 50 sites in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Africa.
In New South Wales, Downer provides mining services at Newcrest Mining’s Cadia Valley underground mine near Orange and Cobar Management Pty Ltd’s CSA underground copper mine located in Cobar, Central Western NSW.
In Queensland, Downer has provided mining services at Stanwell Corporation’s Meandu mine in the South Burnett region since 2013. Services include mine management, planning, drilling, overburden removal, coal mining, coal processing, rehabilitation and maintenance of mobile and fixed plant. Downer has also been working closely with the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) for many years, providing mining services at several mine sites in the Bowen Basin in Central Queensland including Goonyella Riverside, Daunia, Peak Downs, Saraji, Blackwater, Caval Ridge and Poitrel Mine.
In Western Australia, Downer has been providing mining services to Karara Mining Ltd at its Karara mine since the magnetite operation commenced production in February 2012. Downer also provides mining services at the Gruyere gold project in Laverton for joint venture partners Gold Road Resources Ltd and Gold Fields Ltd.
Decades of experience of owning and operating one of the country’s largest and most diverse fleets enable Downer to offer full maintenance solutions.
By actively monitoring and employing advanced equipment technology as well as operating and maintenance practices, we provide our clients with maximum reliability and the lowest-cost solutions to their mining requirements. Our strong, cooperative relationships with OEMs mean that we always have access to the latest equipment and information.
Consistent, safe and effective equipment performance is ensured through our centralised plant management system and the use of AMT, the world’s leading asset management software for mining equipment.
View the Asset Management Capability Statement here:
As part of our mining service offerings, we have the capability to provide project management service for the design, procurement and construction management of mine-site infrastructure projects. This includes workshops, site offices, wash-down bays, haul roads and water-management systems.
Managed by personnel with a wealth of experience in both the mining and civil construction industries, we are able to offer turn-key solutions on both greenfield and brownfield projects, and efficiently manage subcontractors for specialist work using our own proven systems and controls.
Our services in civil projects include:
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We provide comprehensive, end-to-end materials-handling and processing support to the mining and construction industries. Our extensive range of services includes:
Downer Blasting Services DBS is one of the largest blasting service providers in the Australian mining industry.
For over a decade, DBS have delivered innovative blasting solutions to various projects across Australia, with an extensive fleet of Mobile Processing Units (MPUs), four state-of-the-art emulsion-manufacturing facilities and a 250-strong workforce.
As a wholly owned subsidiary of Downer Mining, it has the backing and scale of a leading mining services company, but with the personal touch of a smaller one.
From working closely with its customers to understand their business drivers and developing detailed blast designs for every new project, to individually configuring each service truck to meet specific user needs, DBS aims to provide flexible and tailored solutions in each and every situation.
DBS integrates innovative products and services with engineering expertise and advanced technology to provide its clients with optimal and cost-effective solutions to their individual blasting challenges. With the capacity and licensing to produce, store and transport emulsion, DBS is able to combine overseas equipment technology with Australian innovation to develop specialised products to meet specific requirements.
DBS’s capabilities include:
For more information view our DBS capability brochure.
We have been providing exploration drilling services in Papua New Guinea since 2003. Our key capabilities include:
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs are a vital part of the mining industry. As our clients increasingly seek to enhance workforce diversity, we are able to provide them with an industry-leading approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment and development.
A unique feature of our indigenous development methodology is a strong focus on mainstreaming people into “real jobs”. Underpinned by structured training and supported by line management, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruits are part of the line structure from commencement. This supports the view that separating indigenous workers from the mainstream workforce disadvantages them in the long term. Managing diversity is a skill required by managers and supervisors, and we provide the necessary training and development to enable our leaders to achieve this.
View the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Capability Statement here:
Our successful recruitment strategy is underpinned by the strong relationships and partnerships we have formed with community organisations throughout Australia. Applying the knowledge that we have gained through extensive consultation and first-hand experience, we have replaced the typical interview process with an Assessment Workshop, with participants attending a two-day program held on site. The group learns about the mining operation, what it’s like to work on a mine site and the importance of working safely. They also undertake a practical assessment in an operator-training simulator and an in-depth tour of operations.
We hire based on a candidate’s work ethic, attitude and eagerness to learn (as opposed to their experience), and the workshop is strategically designed to reveal such qualities.
We have also introduced a Certificate II Metalliferous Mining for indigenous employees. This surpasses industry standards and qualifies participants across 22 units of competency, including safety, environment, IT and first aid. We have designed the course specifically to cater for different learning styles, and to make the training hands-on and culturally appropriate.
We recognise the importance of effective mine planning for the success of mining operations. Our technical engineering teams combined with our on-site technical services teams, collectively have many years of experience in mine planning and operations. With expertise in both open cut coal and hard-rock mining, our team offers services in:
Downer works closely with customers, on-site management and mine planning engineers to provide extensive short-term and medium-term mine planning support, analysis and advice. In conjunction with the Base Cost Estimate Mine Plan, consideration is given to the level of mine planning required for sites based on:
We utilise professional mining software such as Vulcan, Spry, Deswik and XPAC. In addition, we undertake haulage simulations utilising modules within the Spry software to model and optimise numerous options for waste and coal/ore haulage.
As one of Australia’s largest open cut mining service contractors, Downer offers an enviable range of capabilities and nine decades of experience. We have worked in a wide range of commodities, including gold, base metals, iron ore and coal, in projects in Australia and overseas.
We pride ourselves on our people and the diverse skills they bring to our projects. Our strong safety and training focus works in parallel with creativity, innovation and hard work to provide optimal solutions to our clients. Our project managers and on-site operations can depend on the full support of our centralised plant management, engineering, training, and health, safety and environment teams, as well as technical and support personnel.
We have a proven track record in providing:
View the Open Cut Mining Capability Statement here:
Our reputation as a leading open cut mining contractor is strongly supported by the size and diversity of our fleet, which includes:
Our in-house maintenance support and asset management capabilities optimise our efficiency and overall performance. Underpinning these services are our strong relationships with Original Equipment Manufacturers, which ensure that we have access to the latest equipment and information, driving best-practice maintenance management.
Our state-of-the-art operator-training simulators enable us to train operators in the use of a range of heavy equipment. The simulators provide a safe environment in which operators can experience virtual scenarios without the risk of personal injury or damage to equipment.
With several different types of training/assessment options, including emergency response scenarios, correct machine operation and productivity, the simulators provide comprehensive training programs to operators irrespective of skill level.
ReGen offers complete solutions for mine closure and mine site rehabilitation, as well as progressive rehabilitation and standalone water infrastructure and management.
ReGen is one of the only services providers in Australia who offer a complete suite of rehabilitation requirements, including: design, bulk earthworks, civil capacity, revegetation, and monitoring and maintenance. Working with ReGen means that mine owners looking for mining rehabilitation expertise only need to engage with a single business, who offer the cost-effectiveness, efficiency and low-risk profile of a Tier 1 mining contractor.
Our extensive range of capabilities includes:
In addition to its own dedicated plant and specialised equipment, ReGen has access to Downer’s extensive plant inventory and equipment maintenance capability, ensuring that cost-effective, reliable equipment is used in all mine rehabilitation projects. In addition, Downer’s wide geographic spread provides ReGen with the ability to service clients in all areas of Australia, including the Pilbara, Bowen Basin, Hunter Valley and the Goldfields.
To find out more, visit www.mineregen.com or download one of the following capability statements:
Snowden is a mining consultancy and software business that supports mining companies in evaluating new mines, improving the performance of existing operations and complying with regulatory requirements.
Snowden has solved technically complex problems in over 12,000 projects across the globe and their experience is applied through the delivery of its reconciliation, geostatistic, optimisation and analytics solutions. These innovative and award-winning solutions improve decision making by ensuring that data is accurate, available and timely and enable productivity improvements by providing important insights across the mining value chain.
Snowden’s consulting capabilities include:
Snowden software includes:
Additionally, Snowden offers a range of mining education products and services delivered by senior mining consultants with substantial experience in solving real mining problems. This not only applies to mining professionals but also to those working in the mining industry in supporting roles who can benefit from our introductory and general courses.
Otraco is Downer’s tyre management provider. Otraco has over 30 tyre management service contracts in Australia, New Zealand, South America, Southern Africa and Asia. Its clients include Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Anglo American, Debswana, Codelco, Fortescue Metals, BMA Coal, Newcrest, Newmont, Barrick, Citic Pacific, Minara Resources and Peabody Energy and Yancoal.
Operating at the forefront of the industry, Otraco has developed a wide range of information and analysis systems to identify new opportunities and solutions to minimise its customers’ total tyre-related costs. These not only include focusing on direct costs (through extension of tyre life), but also reduction in equipment downtime, and minimisation of overall tyre and rim repair costs.
Otraco prides itself on being at the cutting edge of tyre management technology with its internet-based tyre management and reporting system, Otracom. In use at more than 60 mines across the world, Otracom tracks and manages tyres and rims from manufacturing to disposal to identify performance trends and reduce tyre-related costs. It enables users to rely upon a centrally maintained management system that delivers consistent reporting from around the world.
At Otraco’s tyre training centre in Western Australia, trainees are able to work on real mining equipment just 30 minutes from the centre of Perth. The centre provides six-week courses for tyre fitters, with graduates attaining a Certificate II in Automotive Mechanical – Tyre Fitting Heavy (which has been customised to incorporate OTR).
Otraco is a Registered Training Organisation, and is commercially independent of any tyre manufacturer, supplier or repairer.
Visit www.otraco.com for more information.
We have a highly skilled and experienced hard rock underground mining team that understands the unique nature of the industry. From existing brownfield projects to remote greenfield developments, we have the expertise and equipment to deliver all types of hard rock underground operations.
We work collaboratively with our clients to extract the maximum value from their resource by developing creative and innovative solutions to everyday issues. Fundamental to this approach is building robust, long-term, trusting relationships, as well as flexibility in our contractual arrangements. We therefore offer our clients a range of delivery models, including Alliance partnering, schedule of rates, fixed and variable, and cost-reimbursable contract styles.