Key personnel recruiting
Will Townsville and Rockhampton both be FIFO hubs for Adani?
Wednesday 16 August 2017
A start to construction appears to be nearing for Adani’s Carmichael project, with one of their preferred - but not confirmed - principal contractors advertising for key planning, construction, and operational personnel this week.
Downer Edi is looking for highly experienced Civil Project Managers, Planners and Schedulers to work at Adani’s Carmichael project initially on a 5/2 roster out of Brisbane.
However, by 2018, the recruits will shift to site based work, with the option of flying in and out of either Townsville or Rockhampton.
It’s unclear whether these FIFO options are unique to Downer. However, Adani has previously indicated that it will nominate a single FIFO hub to service the mine, leading to extensive
lobbying by Councils from Mackay, Rockhampton and Townsville to fill that role.
Despite the recruitment drive, Downer’s role in the building of Adani’s proposed mega mine is by no means assured.
Aside from a binding $2 million Technical Services Agreement (TSA) signed with Adani just over a year ago, Downer has no binding agreement with Adani for work on the mine.
In 2014, they received two “Letters of Award” from Adani advising that it intended to use them as both the primary operations and tier one contractor for construction of the Carmichael mine.
However, both those letters of award were non-binding.
Two months ago Downer put out a statement saying Adani had clarified their scope of work but had not made it binding.
“Today Downer announces that it has received an updated Letter of Award from Adani in relation to the mining services component of the project," they said.
“The updated Letter of Award provides further clarification on the scope of work to be performed and the process for negotiating a binding mining services contract.
“The updated Letter of Award continues to be subject to the parties executing a binding mining services contract.”