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Tender awarded for part of $53M metal project

Atlas Iron
Atlas Iron

An integrated services contractor has won a contract for part of a $53 million metal development in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

MACA recently secured the road works package for Atlas Iron’s Corunna Downs Iron Ore Project, 240km southeast of Port Hedland.

The agreement tasks the successful tenderer with upgrading a 22km section of road and building a new 13km access road. QMEB can reveal the deal is worth about $38M and for an eight month term.

Work is expected to start before the end of August 2020 and end before Christmas the same year. About 80 jobs will be created throughout the construction phase.

Hiring spree

Recruitment is underway for the following positions:

  • all rounder production operators (multiple positions)
  • production excavator operators (multiple)
  • leading hand heavy duty mechanics (multiple)
  • mining supervisors (multiple)
  • drillers (multiple)
  • mining engineer
  • alternative maintenance superintendent.

Click here to apply. Successful applicants will be offered a permanent, full-time fly-in fly-out roster with 12 hour day and night shifts with two weeks on and one week off via Perth.

Revival planned

The proponent recently applied to the WA Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s Environment Protection Authority to revitalise the mine by developing five open pits called Split Rock, Razor Back, Shark Gully, Runway North and Runway South through conventional drill, blast, load and haul methods.

More than 23 million tonnes (Mt) of iron ore is expected to be mined above the groundwater table for about six years.

The full project will require the following infrastructure:

  • waste rock dumps
  • mine infrastructure
  • borefield
  • accommodation camp.

The project will also use the existing Hillside-Marble Bar Road route from the site haul road across to the Corunna Downs Road and through to the Limestone-Marble Bar Road for haulage to the Utah Point Bulk Commodities Berth at Port Hedland.

Ore will be transported via the haul road network to the run of mine (ROM) pad directly. From the ROM pad ore will be crushed and screened onsite using a 5 Mtpa mobile crushing and screening plant, which will provide primary, secondary and tertiary crushing and screening.

The product will be transported using side-tipper, triple or quad-configuration road trains with a total payload up to approximately 115 tonnes to the Utah Point Bulk Commodities Berth.

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“MACA is delighted to have been awarded these early civil works for Atlas demonstrating the civil capability within our end to end mining service offering,” MACA CEO Mike Sutton said in a public statement. “We look forward to being part of the successful development of Corunna Downs and continuing our long-standing relationship with Atlas.”

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