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Multiple tenders awarded for $2.6bn metal project in FNQ


A multi-disciplined construction and engineering company has won multiple tenders for part of a $2.6 billion metal project in Far North Queensland.

Civmec Construction and Engineering recently secured two contracts for Rio Tinto’s Amrun Bauxite Project, 40km south of Weipa on the Cape York Peninsula.

The agreement with Rio involves building the process facility including a bauxite beneficiation plant and associated water, electrical and lighting systems.

Civmec expects to use a total of 11,800 tonnes of Australian steel and precast concrete, with the fabrication, precast manufacture and modular assembly taking place at both Civmec’s East Coast Facility at Newcastle and West Coast Facility at Henderson, Western Australia.

The second contract awarded by Sandvik includes partially supplying, fabricating, surface treating, mechanical and electrical installation and modularisation of a stacker, reclaimer and shiploader for bauxite material handling. Some 2200 tonnes of steel will be fabricated at the Henderson Facility.

QMEB has learnt the contracts are worth a combined $160 million.

Work on the project facilities contract are underway and onsite works are expected to employ more than 500 people.

The project is due for completion at the end of 2018.

“We are appreciative to Rio Tinto and Sandvik for the award of these contracts. Civmec will proudly carry out the work for the Amrun Project in Australia, creating local jobs and providing a boost for the Australian economy,” Civmec CEO Patrick Tallon says.

“These awards demonstrate that Civmec … has bridged the gap between the Australian and overseas fabrication options. With our high quality, schedule assurance and price competitiveness, Rio Tinto has acknowledged that a local delivery is the best option for this important Australian project. We are delighted to maintain our ongoing relationship with Rio Tinto.”

WA Minister for Commerce Michael Mischin congratulated Civmec on the contracts, saying the Golden State can also be competitive in a global market which, in turn, creates local employment and training opportunities.

“We as a [State] Government are pleased to support this project as Civmec will be using the Common User Facility at the Australian Marine Complex to facilitate the assembly and loadout of the modules,” he says.

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