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New tender awarded for part of $1.7B metal project

John Holland
John Holland

A construction and infrastructure company has won the latest contract for part of a $1.7 billion iron ore development in Western Australia’s Midwest.

John Holland recently won the design and construction tender for Fortescue Metals Group’s Eliwana Iron Ore Mine Project, 90km northwest of Tom Price in the Pilbara.

The agreement tasks John Holland with building a 143km heavy haul track between the Eliwana Rail Line, existing Fortescue Hamersley Line and Port Hedland, where the successful bidder will also manage a newly upgraded rail welding facility.

The company will increase the traffic capacity of communication infrastructure, and continuing current work on signalling and train control systems. It will also procure and manufacture the signalling system wayside equipment from its Canning Vale Fabrication Warehouse and complete all relevant civil and electrical installations on site.

400 workers wanted

QMEB can reveal the deal is worth $130 million and recruitment is underway for 400 new positions based in Perth or Port Hedland.

Vacancies include:

  • welders (multiple positions)
  • field service plant mechanic and fitters (multiple)
  • civil and electrical engineers (multiple)
  • construction liaison officer
  • track machine operator
  • rail signal design engineer
  • planner.

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All applicants welcome

The contractor revealed workers of all experience levels are welcome to apply.

“We will always focus on local talent first especially in regional areas such as in the Pilbara, where most of these jobs have been created,” John Holland operations manager Rob Hennessy said in a public statement.

“These roles will require rail worker competencies and some apprenticeships, which will provide an opportunity for hands-on learning and mentoring with some of the industry’s most experienced operators.”

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