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Second stage of $1.7B metal project approved

Fortescue Metals Group workers
Fortescue Metals Group workers

A metal producer has secured regulatory approval for the next part of its $1.7 billion mining development.

The Western Australian Government has approved Fortescue Metal Group’s (FMG’s) Eliwana Iron Ore Mine and Railway Stage Two Project, 90km northwest of Tom Price in the Pilbara.

The decision and the latest granting of a special rail licence means FMG can continue extending its Eliwana Railway and hiring up to 720 workers to build 143km of single track, a standard gauge heavy haul railway, two bridge railway crossings and an underpass for the Karratha-Tom Price Road.

2400 jobs promised

The full project is promised to create up to 1900 construction jobs and 500 operational positions.

Successful tenderer Pacific Industrial Company will make 2600 tonnes of steel fabrication and 16 bridge modules up to 46 metres long at the Naval Base, 40km south of Perth.

Hiring now

The contractor is hiring for the following vacancies:

  • mechanical fitters – workshop (multiple positions)
  • workshop – machine operator (multiple)
  • workshop welding supervisor
  • workshop boilermakers (multiple)
  • nightshift sub arc welders (multiple)
  • fluxcore welders – workshop (multiple)
  • fabrication supervisor – workshop
  • nightshift supervisor – workshop
  • storeperson
  • project manager – industrial services
  • workshop welding supervisor
  • quality inspector.

Click here to apply. Successful applicants will be offered permanent full-time work with penalty rates.

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“Eliwana is a huge project not only for Fortescue but for a lot of small to medium enterprises in Western Australia and for the 2,400 workers in total who are expected to get jobs out of it,” State Premier Mark McGowan said in a public statement.

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