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Townsville City Council has awarded the tender to supply pipe for the $215 million Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project to Iplex Pipelines.

The pipe will be made from glass reinforced polyester, described by the council as a durable product to suit north Queensland conditions.

Mayor Jenny Hill said the pipe tender was one of the biggest components of the pipeline project and would ensure new manufacturing jobs flowed into Townsville.

The Iplex bid was chosen after the council voted in early April to negotiate with two shortlisted companies, Iplex Pipelines Australia and Steel Mains, to supply and deliver 36.5km of 1800mm diameter (nominal size) pipe and associated fittings for the  project.

The council’s $225 million three-point water security solution includes:

  • The new water pipeline
  • A recycled water system for community spaces and industrial use
  • The Community Water Transition Support Package
The Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project will provide up to 234 megalitres of water per day into the Ross Dam – allowing more water to be pumped more efficiently than the existing 1.2m diameter pipeline.

Townsville Water and Waste Committee Chair Cr Paul Jacob said the awarding of the pipe tender was a milestone for the water pipeline project.

“The creation of new jobs on the pipeline project will start to ramp up from now – and have further flow-on benefits when civil works start – as a result of this milestone contract,” Cr Jacob said.

“The pipeline is one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Townsville in a generation and Council staff have made sure we have got the best product to ensure the pipeline delivers long-term water security for our community.”

Council has committed to building the pipeline within 26 months, which is due to be complete by December 2019.
New Century Resources has entered an additional long-term offtake agreement for zinc concentrate produced from the Century mine site with commodity trader MRI Trading AG.

The deal includes a $19.5 million unsecured debt facility for use as general working capital for operations at the Century mine, in north Queensland’s lower Gulf country.

The debt facility is structured as a prepayment for zinc concentrates to be delivered under the offtake agreement,.

The execution of the MRI offtake results from New Century’s concentrate tender process, which was initiated in Q4 2017, and offered up to 1.5Mt of zinc concentrate – representing production from the first 3.5 years of operations at the Century site.

New Century said the four offtake agreements executed to date had resulted in New Century contracting 75 per cent of this scheduled production.

New Century Resources is aiming to restart the Century site in the third quarter of this year, initially targeting tailings for reprocessing.
The mining, resources and energy sector leads the pack when it comes to job ad growth in Australia, according to the latest figures from SEEK.

Job ads in the sector were up 35 per cent in March compared to 12 months ago, while science and technology saw an increase of 20 per cent year-on-year and there was an 18 per cent jump in engineering roles up for grabs.

For the second month in a row, SEEK said New South Wales (NSW) had been the No. 1 contributor to national job ad growth, accounting for 34 per cent of the national year-on-year growth for March, but Victoria came a close second with 28 per cent in March.

Meanwhile the Queensland resources sector has helped the State achieve the strongest annual growth in trend employment in Australia based on jobs data released today.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that Queensland’s annual job growth was 4.3 per cent,  outpacing nearest rivals the Australian Capital Territory (3.9 per cent) and New South Wales (3.6 per cent).

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the resources sector was contributing much of this growth.Mining sector jobs on the boil

“Last financial year, direct full-time equivalent jobs in the resources sector grew by 12.7 per cent to 38,150,” he said.

Hays recruitment agency says renewed optimism and confident investors are helping to increase vacancy activity across Australia’s mining industry, so much so that skill shortages are emerging again.

Areas of demand in Queensland, January-June 2018, include quality diesel fitters, dragline operators, excavator operators, underground jumbo operators, boilermakers, electricians, CNC machinists and mechanical fitters.
NSS Townsville's newly commissioned Liebherr mobile harbour crane was put to work on the MV African Ibis, discharging urea for Ameropa.

The 440-tonne LHM550 crane was recently relocated from NSS’s Gladstone operations in the face of growing container traffic at Townsville.

Use of the LHM550 increased productivity for the MV African Ibis job, ensuring a smooth and constant of flow of urea was available to the tipping trucks delivering the cargo to Ameropa’s Townsville facilities.

Uplifting debut for mobile harbour crane
The NSS Mackay stevedoring team this month unloaded four Bucyrus MT4400A dump trucks, destined for Bowen Basin mining operations.

The trucks came from Port Hedland aboard the BBC Scandinavia in early April.

Large swells delayed the commencement of the clinical heavy lift discharge operations, however that didn’t stop the 211-tonne trucks being safely unloaded in Mackay.

 
NSS Townsville has unloaded 134 rail wagons this month, comprising of 86 custom-built sugar hopper wagons and 48 intermodal container wagons.

NSS was engaged to carry out unlashing of the equipment on board the MV Columbia River, unloading of the wagons onto specialised transport, and storage yard operations including loading the wagons to the rail network within the port.

The intermodal wagons will be used on the Pacific National network with the custom sugar wagons utilised by Wilmar Sugar.