Humes Tamworth has been awarded a $67 million contract for New South Wales’ Inland Rail Project, growing its workforce and pipeline while contributing to the community.
The engineering construction business, owned by Holcim, was visited by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Humes executive general manager Guido DeWilde who announced the contract.
Holcim Australia and New Zealand chief executive officer George Agriogiannis said Humes’ product was vital to the project.
“Holcim has already delivered more than 22,000 tonnes of carbon neutral culverts for Inland Rail, saving more than 7000 tonnes of carbon emissions, equivalent to removing 1350 vehicles from the road for one year,” Agriogiannis said.
“The new $67 million contract announced by Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister, includes 9400 products ranging from precast concrete culverts to drainage pipes, weighing more than 70,000 tonnes.
“Over 19 months, most of these products will be manufactured in regional NSW, supporting local jobs.”
Joyce emphasised Australia’s ability to manufacture its own product without a reliance on competing foreign suppliers.
“We have the capacity to be respected because people can see that we’re doers that can get things done, and that we are strong in our own right,” he said.
DeWilde said Humes was proud of its commitment to carbon emissions reductions, in line with Holcim’s own goals for environmental sustainability.
“ECOPact, our low carbon concrete, will be used to produce 9400 concrete products for the rail scheme. Including carbon offsets, the concrete production will be carbon-neutral,” DeWilde said.
Humes’ contribution will be used in the Narrabri to North Star section of the Inland Rail.
About 5100 culverts from Tamworth will support 116,396 concrete sleepers from Mittagong, 224,939 sleepers from Wagga Wagga, and 2474 165m-long lengths of steel from Whyalla in South Australia.