Adani has handed out a $100 million rail contract to Martinus Rail, which will deliver the work out of Rockhampton, Queensland.
This is the latest in the more than $450 million worth of contracts awarded for the Carmichael coal and rail project. A majority of these have been given to regional Queensland areas.
Martinus Rail will be based in Rockhampton, where Adani has also opened a business centre.
Martinus Rail managing director Treaven Martinus said the company was keen to ensure regional communities saw the benefits of the significant contract.
“We are 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,” 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 … while also uploading the highest standards of project delivery across environmental and safety conditions.”
Adani Mining chief executive Lucas Dow said the company had not wasted a moment since receiving its Carmichael project approvals.
Construction on the Carmichael mine and rail project is under way, and its big contracts are lined up as Adani ramps up activity, according to Dow.
“We now have our mining services contractor and one of our earthworks contractors for the rail project in placed based in Rockhampton,” he said.
“Martinus Rail will be our rail laying construction contractor also 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.”
The major contractor announcement coincided with the official opening of Adani’s Rockhampton Business Centre.
Dow said the business centre would provide a local base for major procurement and recruitment programs for the Carmichael project during construction and operations.