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Firm wins tender for part of a $2.6bn metal project in FNQ

Rio Tinto Amrun
Rio Tinto Amrun

A civil engineering firm has won the tender for part of a $2.6 billion metal project in Far North Queensland, creating 150 new jobs.

QBrit recently secured the bulk earthworks contract for Rio Tinto’s Amrun Bauxite Project, 40km south of Weipa on the Cape York Peninsula.

It comes after the firm previously won the contract for 300,000 sqm of embankment and 7km of mine haul roads.

The broader project involves building a bauxite mine and process facility, comprising of a Bauxite Beneficiation Plant and associated water, electrical and lighting systems associated processing and port facilities.

Other 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

Once operational, the Amrun project will employ a 1400-strong workforce in Weipa, as well as more than 2000 employees based at the Yarwun and Queensland Aluminium Limited refineries in Gladstone. Mine shipments are expected to commence in 2019.

The Queensland Office of the Coordinator-General recently approved a number of key change requests from the proponent.

“This project builds on Rio Tinto’s long-standing existing operations in Gladstone and Weipa which have supplied the raw product used to produce 10 per cent of the world’s aluminium,” Acting Queensland Minister for State Development Bill Byrne says.

“The State Government has worked closely with Rio Tinto to create jobs and strengthen the Queensland economy through new major projects such as $2.6 billion Amrun project (previously known as South of the Embley project), which is developing one of the world’s largest bauxite deposits in Cape York.”

Positions are advertised here on Rio’s website.

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