Up­grade to Rio bulk han­dling fa­cil­i­ties to cre­ate 30 lo­cal jobs

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

About 30 lo­cal jobs will be on of­fer as part of a $70 mil­lion project by Rio Tinto to re­place its three stack­ers on In­ter­course Is­land.

An­nounc­ing the project with Pre­mier Mark McGowan in Dampier on Fri­day, Rio Tinto Port, Rail and Core Ser­vices manag­ing di­rec­tor Ivan Vella said the over­haul of its 45year-old bulk han­dling fa­cil­i­ties would ex­tend the life of the port op­er­a­tions.

“There will be a lot of labour re­quired here to do the in­stal­la­tion,” he said. “Even just re­mov­ing the ex­ist­ing stack­ers is a huge project in its own right.”

Thyssenkrupp Aus­tralia will man­u­fac­ture, as­sem­ble and fab­ri­cate the stack­ers re­quired for the re­fur­bish­ment be­fore trans­port­ing them to the Pil­bara. The build is ex­pected to take place over two years and cre­ate 150 jobs, with 97 per cent of labour to be sourced from WA and three quar­ters of the heavy ma­chin­ery to be built in Aus­tralia.

Mr McGowan said he was pleased to see a fo­cus on lo­cal pro­cure­ment as part of the project.

“Upon be­ing elected as Pre­mier, I met with min­ing com­pa­nies and in­di­cated that I would like to see more job and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for West Aus­tralians and the re­sponse to date has been en­cour­ag­ing,” he said.

“Rio Tinto’s plan to un­der­take the ma­jor­ity of the man­u­fac­tur­ing work for the three stack­ers in WA is great news for lo­cal work­ers.”

Pil­bara MLA Kevin Michel said open com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the ma­jor re­sources com­pa­nies was lead­ing to pos­i­tive results for lo­cal jobs.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Mark McGowan and Rio Tinto Port, Rail and Core Ser­vices manag­ing di­rec­tor Ivan Vella tour­ing the East In­ter­course Is­land fa­cil­ity.

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