The Queensland division of civil construction company Fulton Hogan has won a contract valued at $45 million to build a dam supplying water to the $2.6 billion Amrun bauxite project in western Cape York.
The 10.9 gigalitre dam will be called ‘Arraw’, a name chosen by the traditional owners and the local word for emu.
Fulton Hogan will develop the impoundment area, embankment and intake infrastructure for the dam and other critical supporting infrastructure including the spillway, fishway and access corridor.
Rio Tinto Growth & Innovation group executive Stephen McIntosh said the dam construction work would create 120 jobs for local workers.
“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,” he said.
The contract is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2017.
Rio Tinto also announced this week that it had awarded a $22 million integrated services contract to facilities management provider Sodexo for camp management services.