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Rio Tinto awards contract for Amrun Export Facility

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Posted by Monica Gameng

Rio Tinto has awarded McConnell Dowell the contract for the construction of the Amrun Export Facility in Weipa in Far North QLD. The export facility is part of the $2.5 billion (US$1.9 billion) Amrun bauxite mining project.

Construction works for this project will include:

  • A 642 metre jetty: consisting of 26 spans that are 24 metres in length
  • A 306 metre wharf: featuring a jacket and topside module construction which will reduce safety risks working over water.

There will be seven 850 tonne jacket structures for the wharf and the six 1295 tonne topside modules. These heavy loads will be installed with the help of a heavy lift vessel.

Rio Tinto Amrun Project MapProject map (source: Rio Tinto)

Provisions for all offshore mechanical and electrical works are also included in the contract awarded to McConnell Dowell.

The entire Amrun project also aims to construct a range of infrastructure that will support mining operations in the area. This will include a processing plant and a port near Boyd Bay as well as a tailing storage facility, a dam, new roads, and a ferry terminal on Hey River which will be used to transport workers from Weipa to the mine.

At least 1,100 people will be employed for this project by the peak of construction. Works are expected to begin in 2019 and will be completed within a 3-year span.

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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.