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Gunung Bara Utama (GBU), Indonesia

Bis delivered essential load and haul services to PT Gunung Bara Utama (GBU) as part of its East Kalimantan coal mine operations.

  • Location

    The GBU project was located near Melak, West Kutai Regency of East Kalimantan, Indonesia. 

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  • Status


    Operation date: 2018 -2022

  • Customer

    PT Gunung Bara Utama (GBU)

  • Commodity


The contract: Haulage

Bis delivered essential load and haul services to PT Gunung Bara Utama (GBU) as part of its East Kalimantan coal mine operations.

Core to the long term contract was the specialised off-road haulage of coal from the GBU mine to the barge loading facility located 60km east on the Mahakam river.

Additionally, Bis conducted critical road maintenance services to the same stretch of road.

The Bis team worked closely with PT Gunung Bara Utama to deliver safe, efficient and innovative solutions across the contract.

Customer operations

PT Gunung Bara Utama (GBU) was a privately-owned Indonesian mining company established in 2007. The company primarily undertook coal mining and mining-related activities.

The GBU project was located just outside Melak, West Kutai Regency of East Kalimantan, Indonesia, and provided resources to the world’s coal markets.

GBU’s concession area of 5,350 Ha was located in Mantar village, Damai sub-district, with the mining concession located 60 km west of the Mahakam River.

Bis’ assets at GBU

  • People


    Bis had a 220-strong workforce at this site, many of whom reside in the surrounding communities.

  • Equipment


    A tailored haulage fleet including high-payload single powered road trains, T1250 trucks, hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders and road maintenance equipment

  • Technology


    The latest in Bis safety and productivity management systems, including the use of best-in-class, proprietary cloud-based artificial intelligence monitoring systems.

Key project achievements

Female operators program

Bis welcomed its first intake of female operational trainees to our East Kalimantan operation in late 2019, as part of a new traineeship program targeted at increasing female participation in our Indonesian business.

After completing training on various auxiliary equipment, several groups of trainees have successfully graduated from the six-month course and pursued careers with Bis and in the industry.

The program marked another important step towards growing diversity throughout our business.

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METS Exporter of the Year Award

Bis received Australia's Mining Monthly's METS Exporter of the Year 2018 Award for its innovative haulage solution in Indonesia.

The award recognised the mining, equipment, technology and services (METS) provider that had the most significant export win by value or technological solution during the year. Bis received due recognition for driving productivity breakthroughs in the resources supply chain.

This was achieved through the introduction of Bis’ bespoke, high-output T1250 trucks and dual-powered road trains in Indonesia, with the aim of delivering a step change improvement in productivity and efficiency for Indonesian miners.

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