Mackay-based G&S Engineering will build the coal handling plant for Adani’s Carmichael coal project in a contract expected to support 200 jobs.
Adani Mining chief executive officer Lucas Dow said G&S Engineering, owned by DRA Global, was a leading provider of services to the Australian resources sector, having completed similar work for other coal mines across the country.
“Mackay is renowned for its well-established mining services industry and it has always been our intention to engage services from regional Queensland wherever possible,” Mr Dow said.
“DRA will carry out the design, engineering and construction of our coal handling plant, which is expected to create approximately 200 jobs and deliver an economic boost to Mackay and regional Queensland more broadly at a time it is needed most.”
Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson welcomed the announcement and praised Adani for maintaining its production timeline and staying true to its local jobs commitment.
Resource Industry Network director Mark Walter said the contract was not only a great win for G&S, but for the broader region.
“This couldn’t come at a better time to support our mining services industry,” Mr Walter said.
“We’re pleased to see that Adani is supporting local contractors and our community more broadly.”
Adani started construction on the Carmichael project just over a year ago.
In that time it has awarded more than $1 billion worth of contracts and Mr Dow said it remained on track to create more than 1500 direct jobs during the construction and ramp-up of the project, as well as ome further 6,750 indirect jobs.
“Construction is continuing with strict measures in place to manage the risk of the COVID-19 virus and to keep our workforce and the community safe,” he said.
Adani last month awarded a $350 million-plus civil construction contract to Queensland-based BMD.
The BMD work package is expected to generate 600 jobs and the company says the majority of the workforce will come from Rockhampton and Townsville.
Works to upgrade the mine site airstrip have been completed and flights between Townsville and the mine site began in late May, while Rockhampton flights started in June.
Coal Handling Plant (CHP) Fast Facts:
- The CHP is designed to size the coal and prepare it for transport including loading the coal on to trains.
- DRA and G&S will carry out the engineering, design and construction of the CHP, which will be built at the Carmichael mine site.
- The scope of works includes supply and construction of coal sizing and conveying equipment; construction of coal stockpiling infrastructure; and construction of the Train Load Out infrastructure to enable loading of trains.