CAPE secures Rio Tinto contract in Pilbara

Rio Tinto has awarded mining and utilities services company CAPE a contract for the Robe Valley sustaining project in Western Australia.

The project, which is 140 kilometres from Karratha in the Pilbara region, is upgrading and expanding Robe Valley’s existing mesa B/C/H iron ore deposits.

It will sustain existing production at Robe Valley and take six months to complete.

The contacted works include relocating and modifying electrical services, powerline, pole, transformer and communication infrastructure installation, waste fine pipeline construction, realigning raw water services, drilling below live rail lines and removing existing underground services.

CAPE chief executive officer Greg Hutchinson is pleased to have been awarded a contract for a project that is well-suited to the contractor’s service offering.

“It is very pleasing to be awarded this contract, which is highly technical and will require significant interface management as we will be working in a live brownfields environment,” Hutchinson said.

“This contract will draw on CAPE’s extensive underground services pedigree, encompassing power, water and communications infrastructure.”

The contract, valued at approximately $12 million, will have a peak workforce of 36 people.

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