Work to continue at Aldoga smelter site

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A $3.94 million contract will continue Aldoga Aluminium Smelter's involvement with local construction company Leightons Golding Joint Venture.

Under the contract, bulk earthworks will continue at the site, however it is still unknown when construction will begin on the smelter.

Late last year Aldoga said it expected construction to begin in June, however the company will now concentrate on a detailed Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) stage of the plant to determine its exact time frame.

General manager of Aldoga's construction and minerals companies Brett Smith said the earthworks would continue at the site while the FEED stage progressed.

'To be honest, in the past it has been detrimental to give round-about time frames so we will wait for the FEED to be completed and then give concrete time frames,' Mr Smith said.

When asked when construction would begin, Mr Smith's response was that it was already under way with bulk earth works at the site.

The continuation of Leighton Golding's existing contract will secure about 30 jobs for locals during peak works.



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