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Adani plant project supports mining services industry

  • Posted on Monday 13th, July 2020.

Multinational conglomerate, Adani, has awarded the construction of its coal handling plant to a Perth-based mechanical engineering firm.

G&S Engineering, a wholly owned subsidiary of DRA Global, is expected to deliver the project.

Adani Mining CEO, Lucas Dow, said in a statement last week that G&S Engineering was a leading provider of services to the Australian resources sector, having completed similar work for other coal mines across the
country.

“Mackay is renowned for its well-established mining services industry and it has always been our intention to engage services from regional Queensland wherever possible,” said Dow.

“DRA will carry out the design, engineering and construction of our coal handling plant, which is expected to create approximately 200 jobs and deliver an economic boost to Mackay and regional Queensland more broadly at a time it is needed most," he said.

DRA Global CEO Andrew Naude said the company’s use of innovative best practice technology would help the Carmichael project to achieve its targets.

“This is an important project that is supported by the Queensland Government, has all of its environmental approvals and is one of the largest employment-creators in regional Queensland,” said Naude.

Mackay Regional Council Mayor, Greg Williamson, welcomed the announcement and praised Adani for maintaining its production timeline and staying true to its local jobs commitment.

“There is no doubt that our expertise in engineering support for the resources sector is second to none in Australia, and G&S have always been at the leading edge of that expertise," said Williamsons.

“This work will boost our regional economy post Covid and is the very reason we have supported Adani," he said.

Resource Industry Network Director, Mark Walter, said the contract was not only a great win for G&S, but for the broader region.

“This couldn’t come at a better time to support our mining services industry,” said Walter. “We’re pleased to see that Adani is supporting local contractors and our community more
broadly.”

Just over 12-months have passed since Adani commenced construction on the Carmichael Project.

“In just over a year we have awarded more than $1 billion worth of contracts and we remain on track to create more than 1,500 direct jobs during the construction and ramp up of our project and some further 6,750 indirect jobs,” said Dow. “Construction is continuing with strict measures in place to manage the risk of the Covid-19 virus and to keep our workforce and the community safe.”

In March, G&S  Engineering celebrated 25 years in business having initially commenced operations with seven staff in a small office in Wood Street, Mackay.

The business formed on 5 March 1995 by Graham Smith, Mick Gamble, Bob Smith, Dick Hollis and Mick Crowe. The original logo was a representation of the founding directors Mick Gamble the 'G' and Graham Smith the 'S' in G&S. 

"G&S has played a vital role in the success of mining projects in Australia and has assisted with some of the world’s leading mining and resource companies achieve and maintain successful operations, with five offices across Australia, and employing on average 1,000 personnel," G&S said in a statement.

"G&S commenced as an engineering company servicing the Bowen Basin Mining Industry. A business built on the founding vision of being a successful, sustainable and enjoyable workplace. Where people are respected, where the company itself is respected, and where all employees are able to achieve job satisfaction.

"The first project G&S team undertook was on Shovel 22 at the Goonyella Riverside mine. The entire stock of tool and equipment barely filled the back of a Landcruiser which Dick Hollis stored in his shed. G&S’ capabilities have undoubtedly grown since that first project, from electrical and mechanical maintenance for surface and underground plant and equipment through to multi-million dollar mine and port construction projects."

In other news, Dow recently stepped down from his role as Adani Mining CEO.

Dow will remain in a non-executive role at Adani Australia, while David Boshoff, the director of the Carmichael Project, will replace Dow as CEO.

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