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ADANI Min­ing has awarded a $220m civil con­struc­tion con­tract for the Carmichael Rail Net­work to Aus­tralian rail com­pany Mart­i­nus, to build a crit­i­cal sec­tion of the rail­way.

The con­tract is the sec­ond ma­jor pack­age of works awarded to Mart­i­nus, fol­low­ing the $100m con­tract an­nounced in Oc­to­ber 2019. Mart­i­nus will base its work­force out of Rock­hamp­ton and Townsville, in a boost for re­gional Queens­lan­ders and lo­cal economies in par­tic­u­lar.

The civil com­po­nents in­clude the de­liv­ery of 86km of rail for­ma­tion works, a road-over-rail bridge, nine wa­ter­way bridges, more than 200 cul­verts and 35 rail cross­ings.

Mart­i­nus CEO and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Treaven Mart­i­nus said the com­pany’s fo­cus had been to be the best largescale rail­way con­struc­tion con­trac­tor in Aus­tralia, and be­ing a part of this project helped ful­fil that vi­sion. “In Oc­to­ber 2019, Mart­i­nus was awarded the track works pack­age to de­liver about 200km of nar­row-gauge rail from the Carmichael Mine to the ex­ist­ing rail in­fra­struc­ture,” he said.

“De­liv­er­ing both the civil and track works will en­sure a smooth tran­si­tion from earth­works to track con­struc­tion.”

Adani Min­ing CEO Lu­cas Dow said the con­tract with Mart­i­nus would de­liver about 600 new jobs, which was more im­por­tant than ever as the com­mu­nity braces to with­stand the eco­nomic shifts be­ing brought about by the COVID-19 virus.

Assem­bly of Adani’s first min­ing trucks is now also com­plete, with two heavy ve­hi­cles hav­ing left Mackay to make the 300km+ trip to the Carmichael Mine site in April.

“Each truck re­quires a team of about 40 men and women to com­plete the assem­bly, over an ap­prox­i­mately 10week pe­riod,” Mr Dow said.

“These are the first of more than two dozen trucks be­ing as­sem­bled in Mackay, re­quir­ing the skills of trade qual­i­fied HV elec­tri­cians, diesel fit­ters and auto elec­tri­cians.”

Mr Dow said Adani was fol­low­ing all ad­vice from Queens­land Health and the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and do­ing all it can to keep 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 and con­trac­tors,” 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.”

Mr Dow said that de­spite a sus­tained nine-year cam­paign, anti-coal ac­tivists had failed to stop the project go­ing ahead.

“Their re­cent claims that con­trac­tors have pulled out of our project are false and we re­main on track to cre­ate more than 1500 di­rect jobs dur­ing the con­struc­tion and ramp up of our project and some fur­ther 6750 in­di­rect jobs,” he said.

Assem­bly of Adani’s first min­ing trucks is now also com­plete.

Adani Min­ing CEO Lu­cas Dow.

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