Rio Tinto has awarded civil construction company Fulton Hogan a $45 million contract to build a dam supplying water to its Amrun bauxite project in Queensland.
The 10,9 gigalitre dam will be named ‘Arraw’, selected by the Traditional Owners. The name means emu in the local language.
Fulton Hogan will develop the impoundment area, embankment and intake infrastructure for the dam as well as the spillway, fishway and access corridor.
Rio Tinto Growth & Innovation group executive Stephen McIntoch said construction of the dam will employ around 120 workers.
Peter Kessler, Fulton Hogan CEO for construction said, “We are delighted to bring our dam building technology and innovation to the Amrun project.
“Our construction teams are experienced in the challenges of working in a bulk water environment and strictly share Rio Tinto’s commitment to a safe work environment.”
The contract is set to begin in the first quarter of 2017.
This comes after Rio awarded Sodexo a $22 million contract to provide facilities management at the Amrun site. Sodexo’s contract also includes an indigenous employment target of 20 per cent.
Rio Tinto invested in the Amrun project, located on the Cape York Peninsula, in late 2015, with both production and shipping set to begin in early 2019.