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$123M mining contract awarded in Northern Australia


A diversified resources and infrastructure services company has won a tender for a metal project in the Top End.

NRW Holdings recently secured the mining contract at Nathan River Resources’ Roper Bar Iron Ore Project in Limmen, about 560km southeast of Darwin.

The successful contractor will perform drilling, blasting, loading, hauling, clearing, grubbing, ore stockpile rehandling and both top-soil and subsoil removal.

It will also be responsible for stage one operations, which aim to produce 4.6 million tonnes (Mt) of direct shopping ore and 1 Mt of dense media separation at a rate of 1.5-1.8 Mtpa over three years. QMEB can reveal the deal is worth $123 million and will create 55 site-based jobs throughout its initial 33-month term.

Hiring now

NRW has advertised the following fly-in fly-out (FIFO) job vacancies:

  • trainee explosive truck and blast crew (multiple positions)
  • 777/785 dump truck operators (multiple)
  • explosive truck MPU operator (multiple)
  • heavy diesel fitters (multiple)
  • 16m grader operators (multiple)
  • dewatering labourers (multiple).

Click here to apply. Successful applicants will be offered a full-time roster of two weeks on one week off, chartered FIFO flights from Darwin, competitive pay rates, leave entitlements, salary sacrifice, income protection and discounted private health insurance.

Ramping up

The proponent already has an offtake agreement with Glencore to market and distribute iron ore extracted from the project.

The project has a fully integrated “pit-to-port” logistics chain including a privately owned 171km paved access road, barge load-out facility and product stockyard.

The current ramp-up phase is nearly complete with four, 220 kilo tonne vessels already completed.

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“NRW is pleased to be involved in the recommencement of the Nathan River Mine site and looks forward to its successful execution,” NRW CEO Jules Pemberton said in a public statement.

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