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Civmec secures AUS$160 million contracts for the Amrun bauxite project

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Australian-based construction and engineering services provider Civmec has been awarded two contracts valued at AUS$160 million to build facilities and equipment for Rio Tinto’s world-class Amrun bauxite project in far north Queensland.

The two contracts are for the construction of a process facility and for the part-supply of a stacker, reclaimer and ship loader.

About 6200 t of steel will be needed for both projects, which will be sourced from the Whyalla and Port Kembla steel mills, and fabricated at Civmec’s facilities in Perth and Newcastle.

The AUS$2.6 billion Amrun project includes a greenfield bauxite mine and processing and port facilities on the Cape York Peninsula, with first bauxite to be shipped in the first half of 2019.

The process facility includes a bauxite beneficiation plant and associated water, electrical and lighting systems to be constructed as modules and progressively transported to site for installation from mid-2017 until the end of 2018.

Civmec’s commitment to health and safety, quality, delivery and price – and an innovative approach to local supply and fabrication – was a significant factor in putting forward a competitive value proposition to win the contracts.

Economic benefits

Rio Tinto Growth & Innovation group executive Stephen McIntosh said “The Amrun project is a great example of the way Rio Tinto partners with local suppliers to deliver local jobs and economic benefits for the nation.

“Rio Tinto is pleased to be working with Australian suppliers to make sure they have the best chance of competing for contracts to deliver jobs, locally-made goods and value for money for the Amrun project. More than 550 Australian businesses have been engaged to date on Amrun, both directly and indirectly via contractors, and more than 50 Indigenous men and women are employed to work on the project.”

Civmec is the largest heavy engineering facility of its kind in Australia. Its headquarters are in Henderson, Western Australia and has regional offices in Broome, Darwin, Newcastle, Sydney and Gladstone. It started operations in July 2009.

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