OLYMPIC DAM AIRPORT UPGRADE

CLIENT
BHP

PROJECT
Olympic Dam Airport Upgrade

LOCATION
560 kilometres north of Adelaide, South Australia

STATUS
Current

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BHP’s Olympic Dam is located 560 kilometres north of Adelaide and is one of the world’s most significant deposits of copper, gold, silver and uranium.

The work site is located adjacent to the existing operating Olympic Dam aerodrome, situated 10 kilometres north of Roxby Downs Township in South Australia.

NRW have been engaged by BHP on a construct only contract for the execution and delivery of the airside works and landside works.

CONTRACT SUMMARY
The Airport Upgrade project includes the construction of a new runway, taxiway, aprons and a small portion of design in the landside works terminal buildings. Once complete this will support mine operations permitting FIFO workers to commute to and from the mine site.

The scope of work includes:

  • Airside works:
    • Bulk earthworks
    • Drainage
    • Granular pavements
    • Asphalt
    • Line marking
    • Aerodrome lighting for the new runway taxiway and apron.
  • Landside works:
    • Terminal building
    • Baggage handling facilities
    • Departure lounge to support the new aerodrome operations.

The existing runway currently accommodates 50-seater aircrafts (currently Fokker F50’s). Once complete, the new runway will accommodate up to 100-seater jet operations.

The project will run for approximately 37 weeks with a peak workforce of
140 personnel (including subcontractors).