Southern Cross Electrical wins additional Sino Iron works contracts

Southern Cross Electrical Engineering (SCEE) has additional contracts for electrical and instrumentation works across Sino Iron’s minerals processing facilities.

Earlier this month Sino awarded SCEE a $10 million contract for electrical and instrumentation installation, testing, and commissioning work at the mine’s grinding mills at concentrate processing lines 3,4,5 and 6.

Now it has awarded the contractor more than $70 million worth of additional E&I works at the site.

This work has been awarded in two packages, with the total scope covering installation and commissioning of all electrical and instrumentation works across process lines 3 to 6.

The work is scheduled to start next month.

Commenting on the win, SCEE managing director Simon Haigh said he is “extremely pleased that we have been able to secure this additional work, having identified Sino Iron as a core project for SCEE over the next two years”.

“The addition of approximately $80 million of new work provides a timely boost to our order book as we move in to FY 2015.”

Kerman win Sino iron ore contract

Kerman Contracting has won a $146 million contract for works at Sino Iron’s Cape Preston operation.

The contract will provide structural, mechanical, piping, electrical, and commissioning works, with construction to begin this month.

Scope of the works include the AG mill, pebble crushers, and stockpile tunnel areas for processing lines 3 to 6 at the Sino Iron project.

“By installing 15 000 tonnes of structural steel, 800 pieces of mechanical equipment, 40 km of pipe, and 80 km of cable, Kerman will contribute significantly to complete the remaining four processing lines at Sino Iron,” Kerman project director Klaus Hartmann said.

Kerman is already working on site at Sino, delivering a $54 million project which includes civil and concrete works for processing lines 3 to 6. 

It also just completed the $13 million installation works at the AG mill ring motor for line two, ahead of schedule.


Downer wins Whitehaven Coal Maules Creek CHPP construction contract

Whitehaven Coal has awarded Downer EDI the contract to construct the Maules Creek mine coal handling and processing plant (CHPP).

The contract is one of the largest single pieces of work for the $767 million Maules Creek mine project, and itself is valued at around $100 million.

As part of the contract Downer will erect the CHPP, construct all the structures, buildings, mechanical, and electrical and instrumentation services for the 1600 tph plant.

Downer’s CEO Grant Fenn said “Downer is an Australian leader in CHPP design and construction and this project will be delivered by our experienced infrastructure team, including its specialist coal consultancy QCC Resources”.

It is one of the largest major contracts for the embattled mine, and puts it on track to begin first coal sales in just over a year.

Commenting on the award, Whitehaven’s managing director Paul Flynn said “we are pleased to be awarding this contract to Downer EDI who are very experienced in this area and will be able to deliver this vital piece of infrastructure for the Maules Creek project”.

“Overall construction of the project is progressing to schedule with a number of high quality contractors engaged and actively working on building the project for Whitehaven.”

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