The Alpha Coal Project is a thermal coal deposit in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland, Australia and includes:
The project pioneers access to the Galilee Basin coalfields and will incorporate the largest scale, single coal production facilities in Australia. Production capacity is scheduled to expand from opening production levels in 2014 of 30 Mt/y to 60 Mt/y by 2019.
In a JV role with WorleyParsons, Ausenco and Worley combined to deliver “program management contractor” (PMC) services, accountable as the Owner’s representative, to manage project delivery. The contracting strategy incorporates an early contractor involvement (ECI) process, leading through to a formal tender process and award, followed by, management and closeout and for functions associated with project delivery. The PMC is also accountable for HSEC management, construction management, project controls, quality management and commissioning services.
In Phase 1 of the project, the PMC was required to support the Owner’s development of a bankable feasibility study. Most importantly, the ECI process is designed to deliver inputs to a contract based estimate for execution of the project which underpins financial approval applications. Our objective is to deliver the project at a value equal to, or lower than the contract based estimate.
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