Rio Tinto has handed down contracts worth $184 million for constructions at its Hope Downs 4 mine in the Pilbara.
A Leighton Holdings joint venture with indigenous contractor Ngara Civil and Mining has received a $104 million contract for stripping earth, road work, draining and other earthworks.
A contract for $80 million was given to Cimeco and Pilbara Logistics for the construction of the mine building and support facilities, according to a statement by Rio.
Rio Tinto iron ore chief executive Sam Wash said the contracts demonstrated the company’s high priority to develop the business capacity of indigenous firms and create long-term employment and training opportunities in the Pilbara.
“These latest two contracts are another step towards the successful implementation of our goal to achieve 333Mtpa in the Pilbara in 2015,” Mr Walsh said in a statement.
15 million tonnes per year is expected to come from the expanded Hope Downs site.
“They also highlight our commitment to building Aboriginal business capacity in doing so. It is imperative that we maintain this momentum” he continued.