Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani. AAP Image/ Cameron Laird
Adani has announced the more than $100 million rail contract has been awarded to Australian-founded and operated Martinus Rail, with the contract being delivered out of Rockhampton.
In a major win for regional Queensland, the contractor will base itself out of Adani’s newly opened Rockhampton Business Centre, ensuring Rockhampton businesses and people will be in prime position to participate in the contract delivery.
Adani Mining CEO Mr Lucas Dow said that more than $450 million worth of contracts had already been awarded on the Carmichael Project, the majority to regional Queensland areas.
“We have always promised Queenslanders that we will deliver jobs and economic benefits for the regions, and it’s a great feeling that we are now able to convert the promises into actions that are producing outcomes for regional communities,” Mr Dow said.
“Since receiving our approvals we have not wasted a moment. Construction on the Carmichael mine and rail Project is well and truly underway onsite, and our big contracts are now also lined up as we ramp up activity.
“We now have our mining services contractor and one of our earthworks contractors for the rail project in place based in Rockhampton, Martinus Rail will be our rail laying construction contractor also in based in Rockhampton, initial rail camp provision will be based in Collinsville, earthworks and civil works is coming from Townsville, fuel supply is from Townsville, telecommunications is from Mackay, and many other regional businesses across regional Queensland also have a piece of the pie,” he said.
Managing Director for Martinus Rail, Mr Treaven Martinus, said that they were keen to ensure regional communities saw the benefits of the significant contract.
“We are a proud Australian-founded and operated company and we’ve always been highly focused on ensuring the work we deliver is resourced through regional areas that need it most, and are also often highly-skilled to deliver it,” Mr Martinus said.
“Adani’s commitments to regional jobs for Queensland is a good fit for our business, and we’re pleased to partner with a company like Adani that understands the importance of supporting regional communities, while also upholding the highest standards of project delivery across environmental and safety conditions.
“We are keen to now get started and looking forward to partnering with numerous local Rockhampton and other regional Queensland businesses and people to get our part of the project underway,” he said.
Mr Martinus said Martinus Rail is a large-scale railway construction contractor with a focus on delivering regional railways for mining and government clients across Australia and New Zealand.
“Our business delivers large-scale regional rail projects across Australia and we do it successfully by tapping into the local workforce, which is a commercially viable approach for us while also providing training, skills and benefits for local communities.”
Mr Dow said regional candidates and businesses are encouraged to apply or register their interest online.
“We strongly encourage jobseekers and suppliers to register their details via Adani’s website - https://www.adaniaustralia.com/Work-With-Us,” Mr Dow said.
“People can also use our employment and supplier portals to see Adani’s, and our contractors’, jobs and work packages being advertised as we progress construction of the Carmichael Project.
“We are keen to get as regional Queensland workers and businesses on the project as possible, and with work packages and jobs being updated on a weekly basis, now is the time to get involved.”
The major contractor announcement coincided with the official opening of Adani’s new Rockhampton Business Centre, which will support job recruitment and contracting of local businesses in the region.
Mr Dow said the new Adani Rockhampton Business Centre would provide a local base for major procurement and recruitment programs for the Carmichael Project during the construction phase and during operations.
“Our new Rockhampton Business Centre will help us ensure Rockhampton and Townsville, where we have an existing office, act as the primary employment hubs for the Carmichael Project,” Mr Dow said.
The business centre will be a base for recruitment and procurement activity and will be used for training sessions, meet the buyer sessions, recruitment interviews, staff induction programs, act as a base for some of our contractors and more.