Engineering and project management firm Mainteck has won two major contracts that will see it double the size of its workforce.
The Port Kembla based company today announced it had secured more than $100 million of total works, and started a recruitment drive as they look for 100 employees, the Illawarra Mercury reported.
Managing director Roy McNeil said the company won a tender with mining company Anglo American to deliver structural, mechanical and piping works for the coal conveyor system for the Grosvenor longwall project in Central Queensland.
It also won a contract to manage and construct a project under way at Port Kembla harbour.
Mcneill said Maintneck was also in tender for further projects in Western Australia and Victoria.
‘‘The cumulative value of all the work we have already got is going to exceed $100million,’’ he said.
‘‘And we are dragging about $15million worth of work into the Illawarra for subcontractors, such as fabrication work [which] we are putting out to tender. Dragging work back to the Illawarra is really important.’’
K.J. Industrial Scaffolding, K&R Fabrications and Bass Electrical are also sharing in the good news as part of the consortium to secure fly-in-fly-out work for the Illawarra region.
In 2011 the Mainteck consortium secured FIFO work in Central Queensland.
General manager Tim Moss said work for the Anglo project would start immediately with much of the fabrication set to stay in the Illawarra.
‘‘This provides us about nine to 12 months’ solid work,’’ Moss said.
“We will be carrying out the fabrication and installation of coal handling systems to service the new mine.
“This project will involve around 90 workers on site and provide significant fabrication opportunities for Illawarra and South Coast companies. This month we will be sending engineers, riggers, boilermakers and fitters to Queensland to work a 10 day on/four day off roster.” Mr Moss said jobs were already being generated from the other project at Port Kembla.
“This will not only provide work for our current staff but we have started advertising for more workers,” he said.
‘‘That includes subbies. In terms of those two projects plus a few other things on the books, we will go from 100 to 200.’’