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Iplex Australia says it will start manufacturing glass reinforced polyester (GRP) pipe fittings in Townsville and reopen its polyethylene (PE) pipe plant in the city on the back of council water infrastructure commitments.

The company has been awarded the contract to supply pipe for Stage 1 of the Townsville City Council’s Haughton Pipeline Duplication project after a competitive tender process.

Iplex Australia general manager Nicole Sumich said the company was delighted to partner with the council and local contractors to help guarantee Townsville’s future water security and boost local employment.

“The FLOWTITE® GRP pipe and fittings technology we will be using for this project is supplied by our partner RPC Pipe Systems (RPC PS), and provides a sophisticated solution,” she said.

“It has been in use for over 40 years and manufactured at their Adelaide site since 2007, but is relatively new technology for Townsville and North Queensland.

“This technology is lightweight, safe, easy and fast to install, and will deliver meaningful installation and running cost savings over the life of the project, in addition to being the best value for money choice.”

Ms Sumich said up to 20 people would be employed locally to manufacture the GRP fittings, as well as additional project management personnel.

“In addition to being awarded this tender, and off the back of increased demand for polyethylene (PE) pipe products in north Queensland, we are today announcing we will also be reopening our Townsville PE plant,” she said.

“This will provide employment for up to a further 16 people, who will help us make high-quality, reliable piping for use in a broader range of commercial and infrastructure projects across the region.

“The water pipe project and PE plant reopening combined will also stimulate further indirect employment of between 15 and 20 local people.”

Industry briefing next week

Townsville City Council plans to host another industry information session on the new water pipeline project on Friday, May 4.

Mayor Jenny Hill said this would demonstrate to local firms how to get involved in the project.

“Council awarded the tender for the supply of pipe for the 36.5km pipeline this week, but many more local companies – and workers – will be needed to ensure this crucial infrastructure is delivered,” Cr Hill said.

“The pipeline will need all sorts of workers including surveyors, civil engineers, truck drivers and labourers – just to name a few.

“There’s plenty of work available on the pipeline and we want to create as many jobs as possible for locals.

“Anyone with a small to medium-sized business should come along to the information session on Friday to find out how they can be a part of the project.”

The information session will be held at the Mayoral Reception Room at 103 Walker St. Doors open at 8.45am for a 9am start. The event is expected to conclude at 11am.

To express interest in attending, RSVP to hpdp@townsville.qld.gov.au with the subject title “HPDP – Local Industry Information Session” and  provide details about your company and who will be attending.

RSVPs close 3pm, Wednesday, May 2. For more information call 13 48 10.

Iplex Townsville manufacturing plans
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.