Austral Construction is an established Engineering Contractor providing services to the Mining and Infrastructure sectors.
Through its first 25 years, Austral gained national recognition for innovative marine piling and civil construction works. This reputation allowed the company to win marine contracts around Australia; from Cairns in Far North Queensland, to northern NSW, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and up the WA coast to Geraldton, Port Hedland and Wyndham in the northern Kimberley. Concurrently, Austral completed civil and dam projects in regional Victoria and NSW and provided specialist subcontract services on large Melbourne infrastructure projects, such as Citylink toll road.
The year 2005, however, marked a turning point for Austral with its first contract win for Hamersley Iron in Dampier, Western Australia. This first contract was a marine design and construction contract for Rio Tinto’s Project Engineering Group. The impressive execution of this project provided Austral the opportunity to win civil and structural projects throughout Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s Pilbara Operations across most of their mine sites as well as continued marine works at Dampier. Since that initial contract, Austral has completed over 35 contracts and $150m worth of work for Rio Tinto’s Project Engineering Group and the Company has developed its ability to work effectively in remote locations with excellent logistical support. Over the years Austral has built a reputation of delivering quality construction works where safety management and continued system improvement have priority.
In early 2013 Austral signed a five-year Framework Agreement with BHP Billiton’s Western Australian Iron Ore division’s Sustaining Capital Group. This Agreement provides the platform to be invited to construct new or maintain existing infrastructure across all their mine sites and ports. In the first 8 months of the Agreement nearly $20m worth of mine site civil works were completed.
Austral continues to purchase unique and complementary plant to enhance its operational efficiency. For its civil and mining services contracts, Austral is virtually self-sufficient with a fleet of excavators, loaders, watercarts, trucks, cranes and personnel vehicles. In 2010 Austral purchased a brand new mobile concrete batching plant complete with water chiller and agitators.
For piling and marine works, Austral operates its own floating and jack-up barges, state-of-the-art piling hammers and vibrators, tracked piling rigs, pile-top and track-mounted reverse circulation rock-drilling equipment, custom-designed frames, leaders and falsework as well as marine and land based ancillary plant and equipment. Plant of this quality is in high demand and when Austral is not utilising its barges, hammers and rigs they are being hired by the industry. Austral provides specialist plant hire as an additional service offering alongside its construction contracting.