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Contract for part of a $2.6bn mining project in FNQ creates 120 jobs

Fulton Hogan staff
Fulton Hogan staff

A civil construction company has won the contract for part of a $2.6 billion metal project in Far North Queensland, creating 120 new jobs.

Fulton Hogan recently secured the dam tender package for Rio Tinto’s Amrun Bauxite Project, 40km south of Weipa.

QMEB can reveal the deal is worth $45 million and involves building a 10.9 gigalitre dam to supply water to the mine.

Fulton Hogan will develop the impoundment area, embankment and intake infrastructure as well as other critical supporting infrastructure like the spillway, fishway and access corridor.

The dam will be called called ‘Arraw’, after an extensive consultation process with the Traditional Owners identified the local word meaning ’emu’.

None of the jobs are advertised yet, but job-seekers can register for alerts on Fulton Hogan’s career page: fultonhogan.com/careers/job-vacancies

“Our construction teams are experienced in the challenges of working in a bulk water environment and strictly share Rio Tinto’s commitment to a safe work environment,” Fulton Hogan chief executive officer for construction Peter Kessler says.

Rio chose Fulton Hogan for its reputation and experience.

“As an industry leader, Fulton Hogan will bring great expertise to the construction of Arraw dam and create 120 jobs for local workers,” Rio Tinto Growth and Innovation group executive Stephen McIntosh says.

“Fulton Hogan is a renowned leader in building water storage for dams and reservoirs in challenging terrains. We look forward to our successful collaboration on this project.”

The contract is expected to commence before the end of April 2017.

Production and shipping are expected to commence in the first half of 2019, ramping up to full production by the end of the year.

At peak construction, the project is expected to employ 1100 people and it will support 1400 workers and contractors once complete.

Rio previously collected sub-contractor registrations for the project here: amrun.icn.org.au

The following packages have been advertised:

  • Sewage Treatment Plant
  • Domestic barging services
  • Process slurry pumps
  • Conveyor gearboxes and drives
  • Manual valves
  • HPPE pipe and fittings
  • CCTV and security
  • Diesel fuel storage distribution and dispensing
  • Construction survey
  • Emergency services
  • Site communications
  • Bussing hire and operation
  • LLV variable speed drives
  • Ferry and vessel hire
  • Concrete supply and testing
  • Container purchase and lease
  • Domestic transport services – execution
  • Wharf fender assembly
  • Transportable switch rooms
  • Conveyor pulleys
  • Conveyor idlers
  • Freight forwarding – sea freight and domestic clearance
  • Samplers
  • High voltage variable speed drives
  • Vehicle wash facilities
  • High voltage switchgear
  • AC motor control centres
  • Village operations and maintenance
  • Airline services (FIFO)
  • Crane and Construction Plant
  • Mine infrastructure
  • Site security services

Proposed project components include:

  • Truck Dump Station and run of mine storage
  • Ore Benefication Facility
  • Conveying and stockpiling facilities supported by rail mounted machines
  • Export Port
  • Water supply dam and infrastructure
  • Tailings Storage Facility
  • Power Generation Facility
  • River facilities, including a Barge Facility and Roll-on Roll-off Barge Terminal, a Passenger Ferry Terminal, a combined barge and passenger terminal, tug berths and associated dredging and navigation aids
  • Sealed access road connecting the Hey River Terminal to the Boyd Mine Infrastructure Area
  • Initial haul roads network
  • Facility automation/control system
  • Mine infrastructure buildings, including operations and temporary workshops and general infrastructure with a telecommunications system to link the remote operations centre
  • Temporary works required to support construction, including a Construction Camp, power, water and telecommunications
  • Information systems and technology equipment, heavy mine equipment, other marine vessels and mine operations equipment

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