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Aerial Drone of NSS @ Work

NSS recently partnered up with SkyDronics to bring you a series of aerial drone videos of just some of the services we offer at NSS.

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Move drone video and other NSS videos can be found over on our YouTube Channel.


Energy Queensland Limited (EQL) is looking for a provider to look after hard assets which are not part of the network.

Construction and other service opportunities with Energy Queensland

It’s seeking expressions of interest on behalf of itself and its subsidiaries, including Ergon Energy and Energex

EQL is assessing the current market through this EOI to identify suitably qualified suppliers (either as a single provider or a consortium) able to demonstrate the ability to deliver value for money Services.

This EOI is the first stage in a two stage Procurement Process, the purpose of which is to ultimately select a successful head contractor(s) to deliver Services, commencing 1 September 2018.

An overview of the Services the subject of this EOI (and the Services proposed to be the subject of the RFT) are set out below:

(i)                 property management;

(ii)                security services;

(iii)               sundry fleet administration;

(iv)               general building and facilities cleaning;

(v)                grounds maintenance; and

(vi)               general building construction and maintenance.

The contact is

It closes Monday 30 October.

More detail here.
In Townsville, and James Cook University is inviting expressions of interest for the provision of principal contractor services for the construction of Central Plaza, which forms Stage 1 of the Ideas Market proposal.

Here’s how it’s described on the JCU website.

“Central Plaza will form the new academic and social heart at the centre of the campus. Major new buildings with important social, student and community functions will surround, interact and activate this important civic space, which straddles Wadda-Mooli creek and connects the southern half of the campus to the northern half along the Magnetic Island axis.

It closes 2pm Friday 20 October. Enquiries to Richie Woods 074781 6401 or 0408 575 891.

Click here for more detail.Principal contractor opportunity in JCU expansion
NSS has unloaded its third vessel carrying project cargo into Cairns for the $360 million Mount Emerald Wind Farm.

The AAL Nanjing arrived last week carrying 27 nacelles, drivetrains and hubs and 18x40-foot containers.

These were safely unloaded over three days.

“The nacelles are the heart of the wind turbine,” NSS commercial manager Mitchell Smith said.

“Weighing in at over 120 tonnes each, the nacelles house the generator, gearbox and drive train and - via the hub - connect the massive 57m-long wind turbine blades.”

NSS sends more wind farm cargo on its way

The blades for the Ratch Australia project were unloaded by NSS from September 27-30, with a total of 81 discharged from the BBC Emerald.

They are now creating some spectacular scenes as they are transported from a laydown area in Cairns to the construction site on the Atherton Tableland.

Hundreds of local schoolchildren joined the Malanda Chamber of Commerce and Ratch Australia Corporation on Tuesday to celebrate the first transit of wind turbine components through Malanda to the Mount Emerald Wind Farm site in Walkamin.

Mount Emerald Wind Farm community coordinator Kim Forde, who has worked on major energy projects in the Cairns region for more than 20 years, said the street party was “great feedback”.

“The Malanda Street Party is unprecedented in my career because it wasn’t our idea, it was an initiative of the local Chamber of Commerce and the people of Malanda who wanted to show their support for a project that is investing millions in the region,” Ms Forde said.

Each delivery of wind farm components will travel from Cairns Port via the Bruce and Palmerston highways towards Millaa Millaa.

Trucks will continue via the B-double route through Malanda, past Kairi and along Lawson St, Tolga, on to the Kennedy Highway to Walkamin.

Escorted deliveries will continue through to April or May 2018, with each trip taking up to five hours on the 207km route.

There will be 53 wind turbines erected all up - each comprising three 57m blades, up to four 30m tower sections and a 12m nacelle.

Once fully operational, Mount Emerald will be the biggest wind farm in Queensland.

 NSS sends more wind farm cargo on its way
Red River Resources has completed the first delivery of zinc concentrate from its Thalanga mine in North Queensland.

The first two loads of zinc concentrate, about 150 tonnes, left site on October 10 for delivery to a storage facility in Townsville, following the start of concentrate production on September 8.

The concentrate will be sold to Trafigura under the terms of Red River’s existing concentrate offtake agreement.

Red River said it would shortly make its first lead concentrate delivery from Thalanga also to Trafigura.

“It is very pleasing to have achieved our first deliveries of zinc concentrate from Thalanga after commencing production at the project last month, ahead of schedule and under budget," managing director Mel Palancian said.

"I’m really proud of what our team has achieved in a safe and professional manner and look forward to growing the business.”

“Red River has no debt and a cash balance of $15.6 million at the end of September, so our ability to generate an income from concentrate will help fund exploration across our portfolio as we aim to find the next generation of deposits in the Mt Windsor Belt and further increase our resource inventory.”

Northern Stevedoring Services has been awarded a three-year contract for port logistics and stevedoring services relating to the export of mineral concentrates from Thalanga.

Thalanga celebrates first concentrate delivery
NSS Gladstone operations have kicked off the month of October with some large orders of containerised chickpeas.

It is estimated 20,000 tonnes of chickpeas will be containerised at Gladstone in the final quarter of 2017 for export to customers around the globe.

Whilst chickpeas and pulses are generally handled in bulk, bulk deliveries are not always practical for logistical / customer requirements and in recent years the quantity of containerised pulses exported from Australia has increased.

NSS, in partnership with GrainCorp, has invested in facilities to handle containerised pulses in Gladstone, providing a solution for local farmers, traders and other third parties seeking to export their product through that port.  

Gladstone chockers with chickpeas
Cannington still has a good innings ahead as it marks 20 years of mining, according to vice-president operations Rob Jackson.

The site’s reserve life was increased to 10 years during 2016-17 and owner South32 was investing heavily in exploration, Mr Jackson said.

The great thing about Cannington is that we have options for our future and we don’t have to act on those until 2020,” he said.

“Transitioning from underground to open-cut is an option that has the potential to extend the life of the operation.

“But we are also actively exploring in the north-west region and this year we will invest $2 million through the drill bit, seeking additional value options.

“We know the region is highly prospective and we have a great relationship with the community here and we hope to be here for a while longer yet.”

After the discovery of the ore body about 200km south-east of Mount Isa in the shire of McKinlay in 1990, mining operations at Cannington commenced in 1997.

For a number of years Cannington was the world’s largest single mine producer of silver and lead and a substantial supplier of zinc to domestic and global markets.

“Over time though, as with any mine, it becomes more challenging to extract resources and grades start to decline,” Mr Jackson said.

“Current analysis puts Cannington in the top five silver producers in the world.”

Mr Jackson said 2.9 million tonnes of ore was mined last financial year and the operation expected to achieve 2.8 million 2017-18.

Cannington is 100 per cent owned by South32, which came into being following a demerger from BHP Billiton in May 2015.

Cannington going strong after 20 years