Rio’s Silvergrass grows, adds jobs, improves State image
The Liberal National Government has approved the expansion of Rio Tinto’s Silvergrass iron ore mine near Tom Price in the Pilbara.
State Development Minister Bill Marmion said capital expenditure on the project was expected to be $441 million.
“This project will create about 500 jobs during construction and an additional 25 operational positions once the expanded mine is fully operational,” he said.
“Expanding production from Silvergrass will allow Rio Tinto to sustain the quality of their Pilbara blend product and maintain current production levels.
“The expansion provides a significant boost to the West Australian resources sector and shows our State continues to be an attractive place for large-scale investment.”
The Silvergrass proposal was approved under the existing State Agreement between Rio Tinto and the State Government. The construction phase of the project is expected to start immediately.