Mackay the winner as Adani awards contract to build Coal Handling Plant
7 July 2020
Mackay-based G&S Engineering, a wholly owned subsidiary of DRA Global Ltd, will build Adani’s Coal Handling Plant, having been awarded a contract to deliver the project. Adani Mining CEO Lucas Dow said G&S Engineering was a leading provider of services to the Australian resources sector, having completed similar work for other coal mines across the country. “Mackay is renowned for its well-established mining services industry and it has always been our intention to engage services from regional Queensland wherever possible,” Mr Dow said. “DRA will carry out the design, engineering and construction of our Coal Handling Plant, which is expected to create approximately 200 jobs and deliver an economic boost to Mackay and regional Queensland more broadly at a time it is needed most.” DRA Global CEO Andrew Naude said the company’s use of innovative best practice technology would help the Carmichael project to achieve its targets. “This is an important project that is supported by the Queensland Government, has all of its environmental approvals and is one of the largest employment-creators in regional Queensland,” Mr Naude said. Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson welcomed the announcement and praised Adani for maintaining its production timeline and staying true to its local jobs commitment. “There is no doubt that our expertise in engineering support for the resources sector is second to none in Australia, and G&S have always been at the leading edge of that expertise” Cr Williamson said. “This work will boost our regional economy post COVID and is the very reason we have supported Adani.” Resource Industry Network Director Mark Walter said the contract was not only a great win for G&S, but for the broader region. “This couldn’t come at a better time to support our mining services industry,” Mr Walter said. “We’re pleased to see that Adani is supporting local contractors and our community more broadly.” It has now been just over 12-months since Adani commenced construction on the Carmichael Project. “In just over a year we have awarded more than $1 billion worth of contracts and we remain on track to create more than 1500 direct jobs during the construction and ramp up of our project and some further 6,750 indirect jobs,” Mr Dow said. “Construction is continuing with strict measures in place to manage the risk of the COVID-19 virus and to keep our workforce and the community safe.” (ENDS) Download PDF...