Construction and Engineering Firm, Civmec, has secured two important contracts as part of of the development of a processing facility for Rio Tinto’s Amrun project near Weipa in North Queensland, totalling $160 million worth of work. The Amrun project will extend mining activities on part of Rio Tinto’s existing lease south of the Embley River, with construction including a bauxite mine, accommodation and associated processing and port facilities.
Mr. Patrick Tallon, Chief Executive Officer of Civmec said: “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.”
“These awards demonstrate that Civmec, as a leading heavy engineering constructor, 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,” said Mr. Patrick Tallon.
Project Facilities contract
The larger of the contracts, awarded by Rio Tinto, will commence immediately and at peak along with the onsite works will give employment to over 500 personnel across the Henderson and Newcastle facilities. The project is due for completion at the end of 2018. The work includes:
- the construction of the Process Facility including a bauxite beneficiation plant and associated water, electrical and lighting systems; and
- a combined 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, NSW and west coast facility at Henderson, WA.
Bauxite material handling contract
The second contract, awarded by Sandvik, includes the part supply, fabrication, surface treatment, mechanical and electrical install and the modularisation of a stacker, reclaimer and shiploader for bauxite material handling. This contract involves the fabrication of 2,200 tonnes of steel, and the works will be completed at the Civmec’s Henderson Facility.
The Minister for Commerce WA Mr. Michael Mischin said “With the upcoming Defence contracts Civmec has demonstrated that Western Australia can be competitive in a global market which in turn creates local employment and training opportunities for Australians."
"We as a Government are pleased to support this project as Civmec will be using the Common User Facility at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) to facilitate the assembly and loadout of the modules.”