Macmahon Holdings has been awarded three mining contracts from Rio Tinto.
Worth $129 million, the contracts are part of the miner’s 333 expansion program and ongoing operations.
These consist of the Hope Downs 4 rail earthworks and bridge construction, Cape Lambert Port B development and Cape Lambert Port A sustaining works.
At Hope Downs Macmahon will construct 52 kilometres of rail, which will extend the Lang Hancock railway south of the Hope Downs 1 mine to the Hope Downs 4 mine, as well as building two rail bridges spanning the Weeli Wolli and Coondiner creeks.
Planning work for the infrastructure will start immediately, with construction billed for October.
It has a 10 month construction period and is predicted to employ around 300 people on site.
At the Cape Lambert Port B it will build two bridges over the rail lines, with the first bridge to be completed by September and the second by February 2013.
For Cape Lambert Port A sustaining works, the contractor is building the earthworks and foundations needed for the installation of a new track-mounted stacker.
Macmahon expects to complete the bulk earthworks operation by late December.
According to Macmahon CEO Nick Bowen, its indigenous involvement was a key factor in winning this contract, touting joint ventures such as the Doorn-Djil Yoordanning Mining and Construction business.
Bowen went on to say this contract strengthens the operations of the company in the Pilbara region.