Gas Field Services have been named the Queensland Mining Contractor of the Year for 2020, at a sold-out black-tie gala held tonight in Mackay. The 2020 Queensland Mining Awards, recognising the state’s hardest-working contractors, suppliers and producers, culminated in Wednesday night’s presentation dinner.
Gas Field Services were named the winner in the Safety Initiative Award and were also strong contenders in the Productivity category for their 4C Wireline drilling technique.
Judges felt that for a small company, Gas Field Services’ clear focus on investing in innovation makes a major impact in moving exploration methodology forward. The major industry accolade was presented in front of industry heavyweights and keynote speakers including Tyler Mitchelson, CEO, Anglo American Metallurgical Coal, Ian Macfarlane, Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council, and the Hon. Keith Pitt MP, Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia.
Minister Pitt congratulated all finalists and award winners of the evening, but said it’s a year when all involved in the mining industry deserve recognition.
“The industry has gone to extraordinary lengths to keep workers and community safe through the COVID-19 pandemic, and this has paid real social and economic dividends,” Minister Pitt said.
“At a time when it needs it most, the Queensland economy is being supported by the resources sector and importantly, thousands of Queenslanders have remained employed.”
The Queensland Mining Awards were co-hosted by the Bowen Basin Mining Club and the Queensland Resources Council, recognising contractors, suppliers and producers across nine peer-judged categories.
The 29 finalist entries represented the true diversity of the industry, representing the full spectrum of major contractors and producers, right down to one-man businesses. Creative solutions to industry problems showcased skills in mathematics, engineering, environmental, human resources, procurement and manufacturing.
Bowen Basin Mining Club Director Jodie Currie was thrilled with how the event came together, showing that celebration is still in vogue, and can be safely accomplished in a COVID-19 safe environment.
“Tonight, we saw a celebration of the Queensland mining industry, one that was particularly sweet given the extraordinary circumstances we’ve seen this year. In two years, we look forward to once again partnering with Reed Exhibitions to host the 2022 Awards alongside the Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition in Mackay.”
Gas Field Services’ win tonight is truly representative of the resilience and creativity found across the sector, come what may,” said Ms Currie.
A full list of finalists, winners and projects can be found via the link below.