BHP Mitsui Coal Pty Ltd
2006 - Continuing
  • Groundwater Exploration
  • Borefield Performance Review
  • Bore Rehabilitation Advice
  • Design & Installation of Borefield


Braeside Borefield Project

Since 2006, Douglas Partners has been undertaking performance reviews for the Braeside Borefield, located 120 km southwest of Mackay, and owned by BHP Mitsui Coal Pty Ltd (BMC). The borefield supplies approximately 3,000 ML/a of water to a number of townships and coal mining operations in the northern portion of the Bowen Basin. Water is sourced from alluvial sediments at the confluence of Nebo and Denison Creeks, and transferred a distance of almost 100 km to Riverside Mine and other users.

Monitoring data for Braeside Borefield operations are regularly reviewed by the DP Groundwater Team to assess the performance of the borefield. Reviewed data includes: meteorological data from the Department of Natural Resources & Water (NR&W); stream flow data from NR&W; pumping data for the 16 Braeside production bores; groundwater level data for production bores, associated monitoring bores and regional monitoring bores; and water quality data for the production bores, a sub-set of borefield monitoring bores, the treatment plant and the pipeline.
Monitoring and maintenance programs are key elements in borefield management. Douglas Partners not only conduct detailed bi-annual reviews of borefield performance but also provides advice for bore rehabilitation programs and the design and installation of replacement bores.
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