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Rio Tinto's Silvergrass mine expansion given the green light


Posted by Monica Gameng

The expansion of Rio Tinto’s Silvergrass iron ore mine near Tom Price in the Pilbara has been approved by the Liberal National Government.

According to State Development Minister Bill Marmion, this expansion is expected to generate a $441 million in capital expenditure. This project will also be able to create at least 500 jobs during construction as well as an additional 25 operational jobs once the expanded mine starts operations.

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“Expanding production from Silvergrass will allow Rio Tinto to sustain the quality of their Pilbara blend product and maintain current production levels.

“The expansion provides a significant boost to the Wester Australian resources sector and shows our State continues to be an attractive place for large-scale investment,” Minister Marmion said.

The proposal for the Silvergrass expansion was approved under the existing State Agreement between the State Government and Rio Tinto.

Construction is expected to begin immediately.

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Source: Government of Western Australia

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.