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NRW secures $48m airport upgrade contract at BHP's Olympic Dam mine SA


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Posted by Monica Gameng

Upgrades to BHP’s Olympic Dam airport is set to get underway with the award of a $48 million construction contract awarded to NRW Holdings Limited’s wholly owned subsidiary NRW Contracting Pty Ltd. 

Scope of works under the multi-million-dollar contract award will include: 

  • Separable portion 1: Airside works – this will include bulk earthworks, pavement construction and drainage works for the construction of a new 1,860-metre-long runway and refurbishment of the existing taxiway and extension of the apron areas 
  • Separable portion 2: Landside works – this includes reinforced concrete works, structural steel and modular structures and all services for the upgrade of the existing terminal building and the surrounding infrastructure 

“NRW is delighted to be awarded this contract at Olympic Dam following the successful acquisition of the BGC Contracting business. NRW has a long history with BHP in their Iron Ore, Coal and Nickel divisions but this contract marks the first project for the Copper operations. I look forward to the safe and successful execution of the works,” NRW CEO and Managing Director Jules Pemberton said. 

Works will commence in late March and will take up to 37 weeks to complete. Including subcontractors, this project is expected to have a workforce of up to 140 people. 

Olympic Dam is a copper, gold, silver and uranium mining operation located about 560 kilometres north of Adelaide in South Australia. 

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Source: NRW Holdings; Australian MiningInternational Mining 

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

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