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Contract awarded for part of $21B coal project

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A Mackay construction company has won the latest tender for part of a $21 billion mining development in Central Queensland’s Galilee Basin.

A subsidiary of DRA Global recently secured the Coal Handling Plant contract for Adani Australia’s Carmichael Coal Project, 160km northwest of Clermont.

Successful tenderer G&S Engineering will design, engineer and construct the plant, which was originally designed to have a capacity of up to 74.5 million tonnes per annum run of mine coal and produce up to 60 million tonnes a year of product coal. QMEB can reveal the plant is expected to operate 24 hours a day and seven days a week throughout the mine’s 60 year lifespan.

200 jobs

The proponent confirmed the package will create hundreds of jobs.

Advertised positions include:

  • schedulers (multiple positions)
  • planners (multiple)
  • estimators (multiple)
  • underground fitters (multiple)
  • gearbox overhauls fitter
  • small tool electrician
  • project engineer
  • project/site administrator
  • payroll officers (multiple).

Click here to apply.

Airfares and health insurance

Successful candidates will be offered excellent remuneration, flexible work conditions, and a mix of office and site work.

There will also be employee assistance programs for workers and their families as well as a variety of discounts for airfares, car rentals, equipment hire and private health insurance.

“DRA will carry out the design, engineering and construction of our Coal Handling Plant, which is expected to create approximately 200 jobs and deliver an economic boost to Mackay and regional Queensland more broadly at a time it is needed most,” Adani Mining CEO Lucas Dow said in a public statement.

“It has always been our intention to engage services from regional Queensland wherever possible.”

‘Great win’

The industry welcomed the deal as a “great win” for the Mackay region, especially during the Chinese coronavirus crisis.

“This could not come at a better time to support our mining services industry,” Resource Industry Network director Mark Walter said. “We are pleased to see that Adani is supporting local contractors and our community more broadly.”

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In the past year Adani has awarded contracts worth more than a combined $1 billion, creating in excess of 1500 construction jobs plus a further 6750 indirect positions.

“Construction is continuing with strict measures in place to manage the risk of the COVID-19 virus and to keep our workforce and the community safe,” Dow said.

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