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FMG appoints NRW Holdings to deliver Eliwana iron ore rail project in WA


Posted by Monica Gameng

A new milestone has been reached on Fortescue Metals Group’s (FMG) $1.69 billion Eliwana iron ore project in Western Australia’s Pilbara region with NRW Holdings being appointed as the contractor to deliver Stage One of the rail component of the project.

NRW’s scope of works under the $57 million contract will include the delivery of earthworks, road works and drainage works as part of the first stage of the Eliwana rail project.

FMG’s board gave the go ahead to the development of the Eliwana iron ore mine and rail projects in May 2018. The project will comprise of a 143-kilometre rail and a 30Mtpa dry ore processing facility and infrastructure.

With this project, FMG is set to underpin the introduction to market of a 60 per cent iron grade product as well as allow the company to maintain a low cost status and provide “greater flexibility”. The Eliwana project will also help maintain a minimum 170Mtpa production rate over a period of 20 years.

On a previous statement, FMG said that the project is expected to create up to 1,900 jobs during construction and a further 500 full time jobs once Eliwana is operational.

Production at Eliwana is anticipated to commence in 2020.

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Source: Australian Mining; The West Australian; International Mining

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.