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Primary tender awarded for US$749M metal project

Rio Tinto workers
Rio Tinto workers

An engineering, procurement and construction company has won the head contract for a US$749 million (A$1 billion) iron ore expansion project in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

A joint venture between Monadelphous Group and Lycopodium recently secured the mine construction contract for Rio Tinto’s Western Turner Syncline (WTS) Phase 2 Mine based at its existing Greater Tom Price Iron Ore Mine, 282km southeast of Karratha.

The agreement tasks successful tenderer Mondium with engineering, designing, procuring, constructing and modifying the Dry Crushing and Screening Process Plant, 13km overland conveyor system between S10 (WTS1) and both B1 and S17 (WTS2) plus non-process infrastructure for the WTS2 mine. QMEB can reveal the deal is worth $400 million.

The project also includes:

  • a run of mine pad
  • a primary crushing facility
  • an Ammonium Nitrate and Fuel Oil Facility
  • a 33 kilovolt power transmission network
  • communications infrastructure
  • water supply and reticulation
  • heavy and light vehicle roads.

Rio has also decided to install autonomous haulage system technology to its existing fleet of haul trucks from the year 2021. The move is promised is help improve mine safety, productivity and cost savings.

1000 jobs

About 450 jobs will be created throughout the construction phase, which is expected to begin before April 2020 and end in 2021. Mondium is hiring multiple fly-in fly-out (FIFO) construction SMP supervisors to work a roster of three days on and one day off. Click here to apply.

The broader project will employ at least a further 550 people.

Rio has started recruiting for the following fly-in fly-out vacancies with a rostered eight days on six days off:

  • fixed plant operators (multiple positions)
  • supervisor renewals inland.

Click here to apply.

Successful applicants will be offered a permanent position working directly for the proponent, company housing, subsidised living expenses, two flights to Perth each year, assistance with boarding costs for primary or secondary students, domestic relocation assistance, annual performance bonuses, company paid insurance, subsidised private health insurance, salary sacrificing of housing, airport parking, cars and superannuation.

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The proponent promises to work with the contractor to give as many jobs as possible to Australians and Indigenous Australians.

“We’re committed to supporting WA businesses, buying locally and supporting our communities through the creation of jobs,” Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive officer Chris Salisbury said in a public statement.

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