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$18m Rio Tinto mine expansion to create jobs in Pilbara


Posted by Monica Gameng

The WA Government has given Rio Tinto the thumbs-up to extend their Western Turner Syncline (WTS) mine in the Pilbara, near Tom Price.

“The Western Turner Syncline production capacity is currently 25 million tonnes to 30 million tonnes per year.

“The approval will ensure Rio Tinto can maintain this level of production by bringing new sources online,” said State Development Minister Bill Marmion.

According to State Development Minister Bill Marmion, the expansion project is expected to cost up to $18 million and at least 40 jobs will be created during the construction phase.

Works included in the approval will involve the development of deposits to the north and west of the existing mining site. Associated works for this project will include the construction of haul roads, storage areas and access sites as well as water treatment facilities.

“This is great news for resources and great news for Western Australian jobs.

“The development proposal was approved under a State Agreement and clearly shows these agreements ensure WA remains an attractive place for investment and continued development,” Minister Marmion said.

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Source: Government of Western Australia, Australian Mining and Mining Technology

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

As PlantMiner's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1000 posts. She truly is an industry expert. Monica's passion for educating and inspiring readers saw the PlantMiner blog recognised by Feedspot as one of the Best Australian Construction Blogs in 2018 and 2019. PlantMiner is Australia's largest online construction marketplace. Sign up as a vendor to find and engage with civil and commercial contractors across Australia. Alternatively, if you're looking for plant and equipment you can compare equipment and subcontractor quotes from vendors near you in just a few steps.