Adani has awarded a $220 million-plus contract to Australian rail company Martinus for civil works on its Carmichael coal rail network.
Adani Mining chief executive officer Lucas Dow said the contract would deliver about 600 new jobs, which was more important than ever given the economic shifts being brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The $220 million-plus civil construction contract is the second major package of works awarded to Martinus.
It follows a $100 million contract announced in October 2019 for the track works component to deliver about 210km of narrow-gauge rail from the Carmichael mine to existing rail infrastructure.
The new contract involves 86km of rail formation works, a road over rail bridge, nine waterway bridges, more than 200 culverts and 35 rail crossings.
“Martinus will base their workforce out of Rockhampton and Townsville, delivering a big win to regional Queenslanders and these local economies in particular,” Mr Dow said.
“We’re very pleased to extend our relationship with Martinus and look forward to the rail project ramping up over the coming weeks and months.”
The news was welcomed by Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow, who said it was fantastic to see the project ramping up.
“This is great news for our community and our economy at a time when good news is more welcome than ever,” she said.
“We look forward to continuing to work with Adani and Martinus in our region.”
Mr Dow said construction of Adani’s Carmichael mine and rail project was continuing, with works being undertaken in line with strict measures to manage the risk of the COVID-19 virus.
“I want to make it clear that the health and safety of our staff is our first priority, however where we are able to continue to operate safely and in line with advice, we will do so” he said.
“We have implemented measures including social distancing, health screening and increased hygiene, in the hope that more of our contractors, suppliers and the businesses who depend on us can also weather the storm, keeping their doors open, services running, and importantly provide certainty of employment.
“At a time when our country is facing some of its toughest challenges, we’re determined to deliver on our commitments of jobs and opportunities.”