Con­struc­tion jobs growth at Rio

Pilbara News - - News - Tay­lar Amonini

More than 1000 con­struc­tion jobs are ex­pected to be gen­er­ated as Rio Tinto’s Pil­bara mines be­gin to ramp up.

Devel­op­ment projects at Rio Tinto’s new Sil­ver­grass mine, West An­ge­las and Yandi­coogina mines are ex­pected to sup­port and cre­ate hun­dreds of jobs each through­out WA.

Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Sal­is­bury said the min­ing gi­ant con­tin­ued to in­vest in its Pil­bara iron ore busi­ness, which was help­ing to sus­tain local busi­nesses and jobs.

“To date, we have awarded more than $180 mil­lion in con­struc­tion con­tracts to de­velop our Sil­ver­grass mine. This in­cludes a $40 mil­lion con­tract to WA com­pany Decmil and $120 mil­lion con­tract to Perth-head­quar­tered com­pany RCR Re­sources,” he said.

“Other WA sup­pli­ers are ben­e­fit­ing from Decmil’s local pur­chas­ing of ma­jor items such as struc­tural steel, mo­du­lar build­ings, gantry cranes and waste wa­ter treat­ment plant.”

Since the start of the year, con­struc­tion of Rio Tinto’s 16th iron ore mine in the Pil­bara, Sil­ver­grass, has been steadily in­creas­ing and is fore­cast­ing to cre­ate about 500 jobs dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase. The satel­lite de­posit lo­cated next to Rio Tinto’s Nam­muldi mine, 70km north-west of Tom Price, is ex­pected to also add 10 mil­lion tonnes of ca­pac­ity.

Devel­op­ment of a new iron ore de­posit at its West An­ge­les mine is now near­ing com­ple­tion, with an es­ti­mated peak workforce of 120 peo­ple. Mine devel­op­ment projects to sus­tain pro­duc­tion at Yandi­coogina mine are ex­pected to cre­ate a fur­ther 470 jobs dur­ing con­struc­tion.

Mr Sal­is­bury said Rio Tinto re­mained com­mit­ted to part­ner­ing with Pil­bara tra­di­tional own­ers.

“This is demon­strated by the award­ing of a $3 mil­lion con­tract to a local in­dige­nous con­trac­tor, Eastern Gu­ruma, to com­plete earth­works, light-ve­hi­cle road con­struc­tion, over­land con­veyor over­pass con­struc­tion and as­so­ci­ated drainage for the Sil­ver­grass mine,” he said. Eastern Gu­ruma is an Abo­rig­i­nal group whose tra­di­tional land sur­rounds Tom Price in the Pil­bara re­gion of WA and was cre­ated with a vi­sion to pro­vide em­ploy­ment and ca­reer opportunities for Eastern Gu­ruma mem­bers and other Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple

Eastern Gu­ruma and ESS Sup­port Ser­vices World­wide have had a joint ven­ture op­er­a­tion for al­most 10 years in the man­age­ment of sev­eral Rio Tinto ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­i­ties in the Tom Price area in­clud­ing Punurunha, Brock­man 4, Nam­muldi, Win­dawarri and Jun­dun­munnah.

We have awarded more than $180 mil­lion in ... con­tracts.

Chris Sal­is­bury

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