A design, construction and land development company has won a significant tender for the latest part of a $21 billion coal development in Central Queensland’s Galilee Basin.
BMD recently secured the largest construction contract to date for Adani Australia’s Carmichael Coal Project, 160km northwest of Clermont.
The deal involves completing civil construction works for one section of the Carmichael Rail Network, including earthworks, drainage, bridges, rail camp construction and associated road upgrades.
BMD’s contract is worth more than $350 million and will employ about 600 workers will be required throughout the construction phase. Many of the workers, suppliers and sub-contractors will come from the Rockhampton and Townsville areas.
“At a time when jobs across the country are hard to come by, this project is generating much needed employment opportunities for locals and locally based suppliers in north and central Queensland,” BMD executive director – operations Scott Power said in a public statement.
Strict safety rules
Strict social distancing measures will be in place to help contain the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.
“Health and safety remains our first priority and we have adapted our operations in order to keep people in work and continue to provide new job opportunities,” Adani Mining CEO Lucas Dow said in a public statement. “We remain on track to create more than 1500 direct jobs during the construction and ramp up of our project and some further 6750 indirect jobs.”
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Shadow State Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dale Last revealed more than $1 billion of contracts have been awarded for the project already.
“The knockers of the Carmichael mine claimed there would be very few jobs created yet, here we are, with one contract providing 600 much needed jobs,” he said.
“I am proud to have supported this project from the very beginning and I’m proud of the role I’ve played in proving the knockers wrong.”