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Tender awarded for part of $1.7B metal project

Fortescue Metals Group workers
Fortescue Metals Group workers

An integrated services company has won the contract for part of a $1.7 billion metal development in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

Downer EDI recently secured the early mining and maintenance services contract for Fortescue Metals Group’s Eliwana Iron Ore Mine and Railway Stage Two Project, 90km northwest of Tom Price.

Five years of work

The agreement tasks the successful bidder with carrying out early works operations for the next two years during which the mine site is established. Operations will transition to Fortescue’s autonomous mining fleets when this period has passed, and Downer will stay on at the site to provide maintenance services for a further three years. QMEB can reveal the deal is worth about $450 million.

The contractor previously won the bulk earthworks package and started work in late 2019.

2400 jobs

The full project involves extending its Eliwana Railway 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. Up to 1900 construction workers will be required plus a further 500 operational staff.

Downer has already started hiring for the following permanent full-time vacancies:

  • dump truck operators (multiple positions)
  • shotfirer and blast crew (multiple)
  • civil operators (multiple)
  • civil excavator operators (multiple)
  • maintenance supervisor – mobile plant
  • maintenance foreperson.

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Successful applicants will fly-in fly-out from Perth on a roster of two weeks on and one week off, including one week of day shifts and another week of night shifts. Employee benefits include paid leave, superannuation, salary sacrificing of flights, novated leasing, modern en-suite rooms fitted with Foxtel television, well equipped gym, special discounts and support programs.

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“We are proud to be supporting the development of the Western Hub and the communities that will benefit from the mine,” Downer chief executive Grant Fenn said in a public statement.

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