McAleese kicks mining haulage goals

CEO Garaty hails deals as highlighting efficiency and flexibility of road haulage for iron ore mining operations

McAleese kicks mining haulage goals
McAleese kicks mining haulage goals

By Rob McKay | February 14, 2013

Privately held bulk, energy and heavy-lift haulage firm McAleese Group has lifted a veil on its present position and its growing links with miner Atlas Iron.

Mackay-headquartered McAleese, which has former Toll and Asciano senior executive Mark Rowsthorn as its major shareholder at 46.7 percent, says it has sealed a road haulage deal to shift 2-3 million tonnes a year at Atlas’s Abydos iron ore mine in Western Australia, starting in June.

"We are delighted to further extend our relationship with Atlas Iron, by supporting their growth ambitions through the ongoing provision of a safe, flexible and efficient bulk haulage service," CEO Paul Garaty says.

"As part of our continuous improvement program we are also working closely with Atlas to improve payloads and vehicle scheduling and in so doing not only demonstrate the cost effectiveness and flexibility of road transport of iron ore but to also minimise the impact of our operations on the local communities."

The agreement follows Atlas’s recent award of the contract for haulage from the Mt Dove iron ore mine and extensions to the existing haulage arrangements from the Pardoo and Wodgina iron ore mines.

It also follows the Kalnorth Gold Mines announcement in December that McAleese Resources will transport 440,000 tonnes of ore from its Lindsay’s Field tenement near Kalgoorlie.

McAleese will use a fleet of 170 tonne maxi-haul road trains to move the ore 72km to Saracen Mineral’s Carosue Dam processing plant.

The work was expected to continue
over 24 months starting this month.

McAleese counts its Resources arm’s fleet at 102 prime movers 519 trailers.

A spokesman for the firm, which
put its annual revenues at
about $750 million,
was unable to comment immediately on what the new contracts would mean for this fleet.

Nor would he be drawn on the group’s intentions regarding its corporate future.

Mid-last year, speculation swirled that it was looking at a stock market float estimated in some quarters to be worth as much as $1bn.

But by the end of August, a spokesperson for the firm told ATN that it was examining a series of options and was in no hurry.

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