The contract for civil construction works on the Carmichael Rail Network has been awarded to BMD.
Mining company Adani announced that the $350 million contract would include earthworks, drainage, bridges, rail camp construction, and road upgrades to connect the Adani mine site to the Central Queensland Coal Network.
The announcement is the second civil works contract awarded for the Carmichael Rail Network, with Martinus delivering a separate package of work.
Adani Mining CEO Lucas Dow said that the local company would be suited for the job.
“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,” said Dow.
“As people will already know BMD has operated in North Queensland for more than 25 years, with Townsville forming their regional base for delivery of this contract.”
Dow expects the works to create 600 jobs.
Scott Power, group executive director – operations at BMD said that local suppliers and communities would benefit.
“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,” said Power.
“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.”
In total, 200km of rail will be constructed, comprising 26,417 tonnes of steel and 319,000 sleepers. The line will progress over 460 culverts, 17 bridges over waterways, 2 road over rail bridges, 68 crossings, and local road upgrades.