Rio Tinto has approved an investment of $30.9 million to complete the project feasibility study for the development of its Koodaideri iron ore deposit in Western Australia.
The study, which is included in the group’s disclosed capital guidance, will examine the Koodaideri option as Rio Tinto’s next potential major mining development in the Pilbara, and is intended to replace existing production.
Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said “We are pleased to be investing a further $30.9 million in Western Australia, which will be spent with local businesses and suppliers as well as firms outside the state.
“The Koodaideri development will require an expected 1600 construction jobs and a further 600 operational staff if approved.
“We remain firmly focused on our value over volume strategy and maximising returns through enhanced productivity. We are examining the Koodaideri project as an option to help us maintain our low cost competitive position and assist in maintaining the Pilbara Blend product quality.”
The feasibility study will focus on obtaining necessary consent and permits, increasing our understanding of the orebody and technical elements, and providing the data necessary to validate the project.
The final decision on the progression of the Koodaideri iron ore development will be made following the completion of the feasibility study and subsequent review by the Rio Tinto investment committee and board.