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Rio Tinto awards $100m contract to deliver Amrun Project power station


Posted by Monica Gameng

Rio Tinto has awarded Aggreko Australia Pacific a $100 million contract to build and operate a 20MW power station at the Amrun Bauxite Project in Far North Queensland.

“The contract to build this power station signifies another important milestone for delivery of the Amrun project. We look forward to partnering with Aggreko on this exciting new venture.

“The power delivery expertise and operational capabilities that the Aggreko team will bring will be critical to the success of our operations,” Rio Tinto Amrum Project General Manager Marcia Hanrahan said.

Scope of works under the contract will include the installation of a high efficiency modular diesel power system. The installation will involve engine efficiency upgrades as well as a heat-recovery system which will be deployed over a 15-year contract term, with a five-year extension option.

Aggreko will be mobilising up to 20 employees to the site which will include engineers, projects managers and technicians.

“Our people on the ground in Weipa and the wider Aggreko team look forward to working with Rio Tinto on this project,” Aggreko Managing Director George Whyte said.

Installation of the power station is expected to be completed by December 2017, with the station set to go live in April 2018.

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Source: Rio Tinto and Australian Mining

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

As PlantMiner's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1000 posts. She truly is an industry expert. Monica's passion for educating and inspiring readers saw the PlantMiner blog recognised by Feedspot as one of the Best Australian Construction Blogs in 2018 and 2019. PlantMiner is Australia's largest online construction marketplace. Sign up as a vendor to find and engage with civil and commercial contractors across Australia. Alternatively, if you're looking for plant and equipment you can compare equipment and subcontractor quotes from vendors near you in just a few steps.