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Adani Mining is not seeking any taxpayer funding to kick off construction of the Carmichael project, says chief executive officer Lucas Dow.

Mr Dow was commenting as Adani announced it had submitted a conceptual operating plan to Aurizon to initiate the connection of its planned narrow gauge rail line to the existing rail network.

He said this was an important step towards starting construction of the project.

“Importantly we are not seeking any State or Federal money to kick off construction of the Carmichael project,” Mr Dow said.

“There has been a lot of misinformation and speculation that we need taxpayer money to be able to build the mine and rail. This is absolutely not the case; this project will stand on its own two feet.”

He said strong ongoing demand for coal in the Asia-Pacific region combined with the commercial competitiveness of the Carmichael mine meant the project’s economics were strong.

“Countries in Asia are developing rapidly and need energy to improve the lives of their people and provide infrastructure and services that people in the developed world take for granted,” he said. “India and other countries in South-East Asia are the target market for our coal.”

Adani Mining last wee announced it was pursuing a new rail option to reduce capital costs and move more quickly to production at its Carmichael coal project.

It plans a 200km narrow gauge line to connect the coal mine to port via the existing Aurizon network, superseding plans for a 388km standard gauge railway between the Galilee Basin and Abbot Point.

The narrow gauge rail will have an initial design capacity of 40 million tonnes per annum and Adani has flagged an initial production rate of 27.5Mtpa at Carmichael mine.

Adani’s hopes of gaining Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) backing for the 388km railway project were dashed when Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk late last year said the State Government would veto its $1 billion concessional loan application.

Carmichael project needs no propping up - Adani
AECOM has been selected to oversee contract management for future construction packages on Townsville’s Haughton Pipeline Duplication project.

AECOM will provide contract administration and on-site supervision for work such as the installation of the pipeline, which is expected to start later this year.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said breaking up the work packages on the pipeline project allowed local firms the best chance of securing work to create as many local jobs as possible.

“There are several different companies already working on the project and it shows what Townsville businesses can do when they are given the chance to work together,” Cr Hill said.

“Council has deliberately chosen to break up the work packages to give local businesses every opportunity to be part of the project and that’s why we have selected AECOM to do contract management and coordination. “We want to create as many jobs for locals as possible on the new water pipeline project.”

AECOM to oversee Townsville water pipeline contracts
Adani Mining has announced a new rail option to reduce capital costs and move more quickly to production at its Carmichael coal project.

A 200km narrow gauge line will connect the coal mine to port via the existing Aurizon network, superseding plans for a 388km standard gauge railway between the Galilee Basin and Abbot Point.

At the Rockhampton Mayor’s Business Forum today, Adani Mining chief executive officer Lucas Dow said this would fast-track project delivery, reduce capital expenditure and deliver coal more quickly to countries in Asia with growing energy demand.

“We’re 100 per cent committed to getting the Carmichael project off the ground," Mr Dow said.

"Delivering practical, time-efficient and cost-effective solutions such as this new rail design will ensure project benefits are realised as quickly as possible, especially in regional Queensland where people are eager to secure jobs and opportunities for small business.”

The narrow gauge rail will follow the same route as previously contemplated and have an initial design capacity of 40 million tonnes per annum, ensuring capability to manage the Carmichael mine’s 27.5Mtpa production rate.

Mr Dow said Adani had already secured the necessary approvals and land access agreements with landholders needed to build the line.

It will now submit the necessary applications to connect the new rail line with the existing Aurizon network.
Plan B for Adani rail link
The $40 million upgrade of Berth 4 at Port of Townsville and the Chith Export Facility at Rio Tinto’s new Amrun mining operation were among the winning projects in the Queensland 2018 CCF Earth Awards.

The Civil Contractors Federation Queensland Earth Awards recognise excellence in civil construction including roads, bridges, railways, marine structures and utilities.

CCF Queensland chief executive officer Damian Long said the 25th CCF Earth Awards had received a record number of nominations.

“The projects highlighted are a great example of how the civil construction industry provides jobs and skilling opportunities for all Queenslanders,” Mr Long said.

The winners were:

Projects valued up to $2mDoval Constructions: Mt Crosby Weir Pier and Sluice Gate Upgrade

Projects valued between $2m and $5mPiling & Civil Australia: Transmission Tower Foundation Replacement, Townsvill

Projects valued between $5m and $10m: Georgiou Group: Frew Lamington National Park Road Reconstruction

Projects valued betwen $10m and $30mFKG Group: Warrago Highway Overtaking Lanes – Oakey to Dalby

Projects valued between $30m and $75m: CivilPlus Construction:  Berth 4 Upgrade

Projects valued at more than $75m: Rio Tinto, Bechtel, Jacobs and McConnell Dowell: Amrun Chith Export Facility

CivilPlus Constructions delivered the $40.7m Berth 4 Upgrade Project to assist in accommodating projected trade growth at the Port of Townsville.

The Berth 4 deck was raised and widened to become level with Berth 3, the length extended by 41m to a total of 241m, allowing a continuous quay line for Berths 2, 3 and 4. 

A total of 256 new piles were installed and used to support the fully suspended formwork system for the heavily reinforced 5900 cubic metres of placed concrete.

Berth upgrade ranks among top civil works projects

Cairns Mayor Bob Manning is calling for the city to be reconsidered for Priority Port status to with a view to expanding the far north’s export, cruise ship and defence sectors.

Cr Manning said Cairns was overlooked for Priority Port status in the previous review in 2015 but the recent economic performance and the growth of the shipbuilding sector in the region demanded a second look.

“The next review of Australia’s Priority Ports is due in 2019 but we understand this has now been pushed back to 2020,” he said. “This review needs to occur sooner rather than later so that Ports North can push its case for Priority Port status.

“This would, in turn, mandate the development of a master plan through which economic opportunities are identified and carry more weight for government investment and allows for dredging to occur as needed.”

Cr Manning was commenting after Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten each made major funding commitments aimed at boosting Townsville’s port and defence facilities.

He said Cairns' port capabilities were remaining static at a time when they should be rapidly expanding on the back of population growth that exceeded any other region in Northern Australia, and a strengthening regional economy.

“There is an application with the Queensland Government for Cairns to host a $10 million Regional Export Distribution Centre. This investment is one way that the government can show its faith in our region,” he said.

Mayor pushes for Port of Cairns expansion
The $1 billion Olive Downs Coking Coal Project near Moranbah has taken another step towards development with the release of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Olive Downs is set to be one of the largest metallurgical coal mines in the world when fully developed, producing up to 15 million tonnes of metallurgical coal per annum for almost 80 years.

Owner Pembroke Resources expects the construction of the Olive Downs complex, 40km south-east of Moranbah, to create more than 500 jobs during the first two years.

About 1000 jobs will be required across the project’s almost 80-year life of mine, ramping up from the commencement planned in 2020.

Pembroke Resources chairman and chief executive officer Barry Tudor welcomed release of the EIS, saying the commencement of the public comment process represented an important step towards the development of an operational mine.

State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick, announced the release of the EIS, which is available online and in local libraries for public comment until October 10.

“When the open cut mine is up and running, it could maintain an average of 1000 operational jobs and produce up to 15 million tonnes of coal per year,” he said.

“Importantly, Pembroke Resources will encourage workers to live in local towns like Moranbah, Nebo, Dysart and Middlemount and provide the necessary accommodation for them there, which is exactly what our government’s Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Act is all about.”

Pembroke’s $1b coal project takes another step forward