Warning for contractors who fail to back mining sector
The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said that mining companies would reconsider and prioritise reliability in their engineering and procurement (E&P) partners for multi-million dollar contracts.
“Resources companies simply can’t be expected to partner with fair-weather friends or businesses who let activists calls the shots,” QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said.
“If businesses cave to pressure from anti-coal activists, it’s hard to see how resources companies can have confidence in them to work on any other type of resources project.
“You either back the resources industry, or you don’t.”
It comes after Federal Resources Minister Resources Matt Canavan recently blasted engineering company Aurecon for its ‘weak as piss’ move to break ties with Adani, saying the sector needed to shun and shame companies who were clearly only fair weather friends.
Mr Macfarlane (left) said resources projects were major investments made over years and decades.
“E&P companies who are seen to be happy to take the resources industry’s money in the good times and then succumb to pressure being applied by illegal behaviour of green activists will be viewed as less reliable,” he said.
Had suppliers not had the courage to support Queensland’s CSG/LNG industry in the face of protests during the construction and field development, $70 billion of investment and tens of thousands of jobs in regional Queensland would never have become a reality, Mr Macfarlane said.
“There are too many jobs on the line. Resources companies will have to consider which company is in the best position to help deliver their projects for the long-term,” he said.
“Those projects are not only in the thermal coal industry, they are across a range of commodities including metallurgical coal, gas, zinc, and bauxite.”
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