The mine is owned by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance and is located in the Bowen Basin north BHP’s existing Peak Downs mine.

Abigroup, a member of Lend Lease’s Australian construction business, will deliver the contract which primarily covers earthworks, including infrastructure work related to roads and drainage.

Lend Lease Group chief executive officer and managing director Steve McCann said the contract builds the Group’s growing presence in the central Queensland resource sector.

"We now have over A$400m ($409m) work in progress in this growth sector in Queensland," added McCann.

The mine is expected to produce 5.5m tons of coal a year, and its plant is set to process a further 2.5m tons from an expansion at Peak Dow mine.