Bechtel designed and built Caval Ridge, the largest greenfield coal-mining complex in Australia, for a joint venture of BHP Billiton and Mitsubishi Development. Located in the Bowen Basin of Central Queensland, the complex produces hard export metallurgical coal for use as coke in steel mills in China, India, and elsewhere.
The mine's initial production capacity was expected to be 5.5 million metric tons per year, and the project achieved world-class safety, environment, and health standards.
Coal from Caval Ridge, and the JV's other properties (including Daunia, also built by Bechtel), is shipped out of the Hay Point terminal, which was recently expanded by Bechtel. Hay Point is roughly 150 miles (about 240 kilometers) northeast of Caval Ridge, just south of Mackay.
The project included a coal mine, a coal-handling and preparation plant, and other facilities.