BMD wins civil construction contract for Carmichael Rail Network from Adani Australia

WCN Editorial Team 4 Jun 2020 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Adani Australia has awarded a contract worth AUD350m ($241.3m) to BMD for the civil construction works related to the Carmichael Rail Network.

The $241.3m contract part of the AUD1bn ($689.3m) mine and rail project in Queensland. It is expected to create more than 600 jobs in Queensland.

As per the contract, BMD will deliver civil works including the delivery of earthworks, drainage, bridges, rail camp construction and associated road upgrades, to support the construction of the Carmichael Rail Network.

Adani Mining CEO Lucas Dow said: “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. 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.

“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.”

Majority of the workforce for the project is expected to come from Rockhampton and Townsville and will engage with local suppliers and subcontractors also generating indirect employment through the supply chain and local community.

Carmichael Rail Network is a 200km long railway line connecting to the existing rail network for a seamless freight transport connection between the Carmichael mine to the Port of Abbot Point.

The rail network is expected to open up the Galilee Basin for Queensland families in terms of jobs and opportunities for small business.

The narrow-gauge rail will be used for transporting 40 million tonnes of coal per annual, with a potential for expansion, ensuring to keep up with the mine’s 10 million tonnes yearly production rate.

The Carmichael Project is a thermal coal mine and rail project, where coal produced from the Galilee Basin will be used across Asian countries including Vietnam, India, China and Malaysia, while thousands of jobs are created in Queensland.

BMD Group operations group executive director Scott Power said: “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.

“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.”

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BMD selected by Adani to complete civil construction work for the rail and mine project in Australia. (Credit: BMD GROUP.)

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