Adani $350m rail contract set to deliver 600 jobs
ADANI has awarded its largest construction contract for the Carmichael Mine and Rail Project to date to Queensland-based BMD.
The deal has taken the total value of contracts awarded to more than $1 billion.
Adani Mining chief executive Lucas Dow said BMD had been awarded a $350 million contract to deliver civil construction works for the Carmichael Rail Network.
"The civil construction of the rail network is being delivered in two parts - BMD will complete one section and we recently announced Martinus as our other civil rail contract partner," Mr Dow said.
"The civil components of the BMD contract include the delivery of earthworks, drainage, bridges, rail camp construction and associated road upgrades.
"Importantly, this work package will deliver approximately 600 jobs, which is big win for regional Queensland workers."
BMD Group executive director of operations Scott Power said the company was proud to continue to support regional Queensland through key infrastructure projects such as the Carmichael Rail Network.
"At a time when jobs across the country are hard to come by, this project is generating much-needed employment opportunities for locals and locally based suppliers in north and central Queensland," Mr Power said.
"The award of this contract is recognition of the capability and capacity of Australian contractors and provides a boost for our teams, supply chain and the communities in which we operate."
Construction of Adani's Carmichael Mine and rail project is continuing with strict measures in place to manage the risk of the COVID-19 virus, Mr Dow said.
"We're following all advice from Queensland Health and the Federal Government and doing all we can to keep our people and the community safe," he said.
"We also understand how important it is to continue our operations where safe and practicable to provide certainty of employment for our staff, contractors and the thousands of people across north and central Queensland who indirectly rely on our project for their livelihoods."
Burdekin MP Dale Last described the contract as "great news" and a wake up call for the knockers of the Carmichael Mine project.
"To have over $1 billion worth of real work on the ground in Queensland will make a huge difference, especially as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic," Mr Last said.
Dawson MP George Christensen said he had lobbied hard for the mine.
"Sometimes it seemed we wouldn't get there, but every worker who scores a job as a result, either directly or indirectly, proves that the blood, sweat and tears were worth it," he said.
Adani said the mine project was on track create more than 1500 direct jobs during construction and ramp up and another 6750 indirect jobs.