Contractors have started work on a new rail track for a foreign-backed coal development in Central Queensland’s Galilee Basin.
Martinus Rail and BMD recently began laying a new railway line for India-headquartered Bravus Mining and Resources’ (formerly known as Adani) Carmichael Coal Project, 160km northwest of Clermont.
The work involves producing and supplying new Australian-made girders, steel, sleepers and ballast to construct a 200km narrow-gauge track between the mine site and Abbot Point Terminal, utilising some existing existing rail infrastructure.
Bravus CEO David Boshoff revealed track materials have been delivered and laid at a rate of between 900 metres and 1.2km each day from each end of the new railway.
“The girders are being delivered by Rockhampton-based Stresscrete, our rail sleepers are also home-grown in Rockhampton, and our track steel is Australian made too,” he said in a public statement.
“Our rail workers camps were built by Australian company Decmil, based out of Rockhampton, and our rail camp operators are based in Collinsville. Our railway earthworks and civil works are being delivered by Martinus Rail and BMD, using their regional Queensland workforces in Rockhampton and Townsville.”
The project has already created more than 2000 jobs and contracts worth a combined $1.5B.
Bravus is currently advertising the following job vacancies:
- trainee fire suppression technicians (multiple positions)
- AB triple tanker and side tipper drivers (multiple)
- dewatering pump crew (multiple)
- compliance offers (multiple).
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“More than 88 per cent of our contracts are being delivered in Queensland and have been spread across all corners of the state to give as many regions as possible the opportunity to benefit from our project, while also enabling us to tap into the highly-skilled construction and resources industry workforce that Queensland possesses,” Boshoff said.