Kerman wins $55m contract for Rio Tinto project

Image: Rio Tinto

Mondium has granted Kerman Contracting a contact worth approximately $55 million at Rio Tinto’s Western Turner Syncline 2 (WTS2) mine site in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

Under the contract, Kerman will provide the design, construction and commissioning of non-processing infrastructure facilities and build an explosives compound.

This includes a fixed plant workshop with amenities and office buildings, a heavy vehicle diesel storage and refuelling facility and two remote facility buildings complete with offices, washrooms and crib rooms.

Kerman will also construct an ammonium nitrate and emulsion storage facility and explosives compound.

“We are excited about the opportunity to working with Mondium at the Western Turner Syncline 2 project and looking forward to building a strong and lasting business relationship with Mondium,” said Kerman’s managing director Chris Kerman.

“This contract award builds on Kerman’s previous successful project outcomes in the Pilbara region, in particular for Rio Tinto and other major mining companies.

“We are confident that our highly experienced team will deliver the WTS2 project to our client’s full satisfaction.”

Mondium is a joint venture between Monadelphous and Lycopodium, which was awarded with a $400 million construction contract by Rio Tinto in January.

Kerman’s construction is expected to begin in the second quarter of this year, with the WTS2 mine slated for completion in 2021.

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