Adani has awarded its largest construction contract for the Carmichael Project to date to Queensland-based BMD, taking the total value of contracts awarded to over A$1 billion. Adani Mining CEO Lucas Dow said BMD had been awarded a A$350 million plus contract to deliver civil construction works for the Carmichael Rail Network, delivering jobs and economic stimulus to regional Queensland at a time it is needed most.
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. The civil components of the BMD contract include the delivery of earthworks, drainage, bridges, rail camp construction and associated road upgrades. This work package will deliver approximately 600 jobs, which is big win for regional Queensland workers. The Carmichael Rail Network will be approximately 200 km long, connecting to the existing rail network to provide a seamless freight transport connection to haul coal from the Carmichael mine to the Port of Abbot Point for export.
Scott Power, Group Executive Director –Operations, BMD Group said BMD is 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,” 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. With expertise developed over more than 40 years in business, BMD has established aprovenreputation forthe successful deliveryof complex projects while adhering to rigorous regulatoryand approval processes. The project aligns with our core capability and we are extremely proud to be delivering certainty in such uncertain times through construction of a significant package of civil works related to the Carmichael Rail Network.”
“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,” 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. 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.”
He added: “Health and safety remains our first priority and we have adapted our operations in order to keep people in work and continue to provide new job opportunities. We remain on track to create more than 1.500 direct jobs during the construction and ramp up of our project and some further 6,750 indirect jobs.”The A $350 million+ civil construction contract will see BMD deliver civil works for construction of the Carmichael Rail Network. BMD is a proud Queensland company and we’re thrilled to have them on board and delivering the largest package of works awarded on our project. As people will already know BMD has operated in North Queensland for more than 25 years, with Townsville forming theirregional base for delivery of this contract.”