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NRW awarded $65m bulk earthworks contract on Rio Tinto Koodaideri project


Posted by Monica Gameng

NRW Holdings is set to deliver bulk earthworks at the Koodaideri iron ore project in Western Australia’s Pilbara region with a $65 million contract win from Rio Tinto.

NRW is set to undertake bulk earthworks as well as drainage works, with a peak of 175 people in the workforce.

The Koodaideri iron ore project is expected to be Rio Tinto’s new major Pilbara hub and the company has invested approximately $3.5 billion towards the development of the mine.

The development will comprise of a processing plant and infrastructure, including a 166-kilometre rail line that links the new mine to the existing Rio Tinto Pilbara network. The Koodaideri project will also include an airport, support facilities and accommodation for mine workers.

In a previous statement, Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques said: “Koodaideri is a game-changer for Rio Tinto. It will be the most technologically advanced mine we have ever built and sets a new benchmark for the industry in terms of the adoption of automation and the use of data to enhance safety and productivity.”

Koodaideri is expected to be completed and operational in 2021, and it is estimated to have a capacity of up to 43Mtpa.

The project is anticipated to create up to 2,000 jobs during construction and a further 600 permanent jobs once it starts operating.

NRW has also recently been awarded a $57 million contract by Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) for the delivery of Stage One of the rail component of the Eliwana iron ore project. You can read more about it here.

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Source: Australian Mining; The West Australian

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.