Monday, 10 September 2018 12:49

Amrun wins CCF Award

Congratulations to the Amrun Chith Export Facility team (McConnell Dowell, Rio Tinto, Bechtel and Jacobs) who won a Queensland Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) Earth Award on Friday night. The Earth Awards recognise excellence in civil construction.  

Located near Weipa in Far North Queensland,  the marine Export Facility includes a new 650-metre long access jetty and a 350-metre long loading wharf.  The facility is part of Rio Tinto’s Amrun Project, which includes the construction of a world-class bauxite mine, processing plant, and port facilities.

Collaboration was a hallmark of this revolutionary marine project, which was designed by Jacobs and constructed by McConnell Dowell, with constructability oversight by Rio Tinto’s EPCM, Bechtel. 

Jacobs’ design concept saw a move away from traditional stick-built to a modularised approach, with the wharf split into seven ‘jackets’ incorporating dolphins and topside modules. This innovative jacket design reduced the number of permanent piles required to be installed from 100 to 28, minimising the environmental impact to marine life in the area – a key focus of the Amrun team.

The jetty was constructed using McConnell Dowell’s cantilevering traveller frame with hydraulic piling gates. These temporary works were fabricated with efficiency and repeatability in mind, and productivity peaked at an impressive three days per bent. Access was incorporated into the traveller design, creating a safe work environment with no requirement for scaffold.


Collectively, these innovations saw a reduction in high risk over-water and working at height activities and reducing overall build time by 12 months.The project secured the Earth Award for a project valued over $75 million, the highest value category.

CCF Award Graeme Brown and Scott McLachlan of Bechtel 

Pictured: Graeme Brown (McConnell Dowell’s Project Director) and Scott McLachlan (Bechtel’s Quality Manager) with the award