Rio Tinto Amrun project creates jobs on both sides of Australia

Amrun project components made in Australia are transported to Amrun

Rio Tinto’s Amrun bauxite project in far north Queensland has created 470 Australian jobs with the fabrication of key components made with 95 per cent local steel.

The project, which is on schedule for completion in 2019, involves the construction of a bauxite mine, accommodation village, processing plant, dam, tailings storage facility, export wharf, ferry terminal and several roads.

West Australian supplier Civmec was last year awarded a $160 million contract to construct the processing facility, including a beneficiation plant and associated water, electrical and lighting systems.

Fabrication, pre-cast manufacture and assembly work for the facility has taken place at Civmec’s Henderson facility near Perth.

Civmec has employed around 350 employees including subcontractors to work on fabrication and another 120 on module assembly.

Rio Tinto Amrun director Marcia Hanrahan said fabrication of these components showcased best practice Australian manufacturing using 4000 tonnes of Australian steel.

“Construction of the processing facility has created hundreds of jobs in Western Australia, in addition to our current Amrun workforce of around 1200 in Queensland,” Hanrahan said.

“Almost 80 per cent of the Amrun workforce are Queenslanders including 176 indigenous employees of which 43 are local Aboriginal people. We are proud of the supplier and employment opportunities we have created for Australians and there will be more to come.”

The beneficiation modules will form the central facility of the plant where bauxite from the Amrun mine will be washed and screened onsite before being shipped to customers.

In October, a heavy load vessel transported three beneficiation modules and a transfer tower into the Port of Weipa signalling the project is on schedule for completion in early 2019.

The imposing modules each weigh over 1200 tonnes with dimensions of up to 16 metres wide, 25 metres long and 30 metres high. The remaining three modules are currently being fabricated in Perth and will arrive in mid-November.

Engineering company Bechtel is constructing and managing the Amrun project for Rio Tinto.