Mining and Civil Engineering Specialists

RTL

The company, based in the Latrobe Valley some 90 minutes’ drive from Victoria’s capital Melbourne, started life in 1991 as a joint venture between Roche Mining, Thiess and Linfox with contracts to provide heavy mobile plant services to each of the three major electricity generators in the Latrobe Valley. RTL was incorporated in 2011 and is now known as RTL Mining and Earthworks Pty Ltd.

Since 1991, RTL has expanded its range of services to include mining, plant hire, and civil and earthmoving contracting along with general, over dimensional and coal carting transport services. Examples of work undertaken by RTL include a continuous presence at each of the Latrobe Valley mines, providing heavy earthmoving plant and labour services on a wet and dry hire basis. The company maintains a number of major truck and shovel overburden campaigns at each of the three Latrobe Valley mines. It worked on two separate diversions of the Morwell River, one at Yallourn and the other at Hazelwood.

RTL was involved in an eight kilometre upgrade of the Strzelecki Highway south of Morwell, carried out contract mining at Yallourn, and executed a number of local quarry remediation projects. The company constructed the Pakenham waste water storage dam, earthworks on the Torrumbarry Weir reconstruction, and earthworks and other civil services on the Victorian Desalination Plant construction.

In 2002, Yallourn Energy (now TRUenergy Pty Ltd) awarded an alliance contract to the Roche Thiess Linfox (RTL) Joint Venture for all mining activities at the Yallourn Mine. Initially, RTL was awarded a five year mining contract at the Yallourn Mine worth approximately $42 million per year, and the arrangement was eventually extended to 2012. For this extended project, RTL introduced a new and innovative brown coal mining technique that saw traditional bucket wheel dredgers replaced by CAT D11R carry dozers pushing to feeder breakers. The technique has provided a less capital intensive mining method and ensures 100 per cent coal supply reliability.

Annual coal production was 17 million tonnes and the coal was mined on a 24 hours per day, 365 days per year basis. Three and a half million cubic metres of overburden was removed annually. RTL had a sub alliance with Silcar to provide maintenance services for the fixed plant – coal conveyors, for example – within the mine.

A strong emphasis on this kind of efficiency, as well as on continuous improvement, is a key area of focus for RTL’s management team. The Six Sigma business improvement process has been successfully applied to key activities in the mine and has resulted in reductions to mining costs year on year.

Complementing RTL’s mining and construction activities is its mobile and earthmoving plant hire capability. The company operates a large, modern and well-maintained fleet of plant and equipment including 30 and 40 tonne articulated trucks, 50, and 180 tonne rear dump trucks, 123kw through to 634kw dozers, a wide range of excavators, graders and front-end loaders. RTL’s Transport division operates a fleet of heavy haulage prime movers and floats for the haulage of earthmoving and construction equipment along with other over dimensional loads. The company also operates a range of semi trailers to meet general freight requirements. RTL Transport also operates a modern fleet of B double side tipping trucks and trailers specifically designed for coal haulage. The fleet operates under Vic Roads accredited mass and maintenance management protocols.

With such a breadth of capabilities, it is no wonder RTL has been responsible for executing a number of landmark projects. “Complementing our systems are our people,” reads the company’s comprehensive website; indeed, at RTL, highly skilled employees and quality equipment come together to deliver top solutions for clients.

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July 14, 2020, 10:06 AM AEST