Monadelphous wins massive Rio Tinto Cape Lambert port contract

Monadelphous has secured a major construction contract with Rio Tinto at its Cape Lambert iron ore port.

The $235 million contract will see Monadelphous provide structural mechanical and piping works for the supply and installation of a screenhouse, two car dumpers and associated conveyor and transfer stations.

It follows on the company's other recently completed screenhouse and car dumper supply and installation works at Cape Lambert.

Monadelphous managing director Rob Velletri stated this "award builds on our long term relationship with Rio Tinto; we look forward to the delivery of another large scale project which continues our support for Rio Tinto in the expansion and maintenance of its Pilbara iron ore operations".

Earlier this week Rio Tinto loaded the first iron ore from this new expansion plan.

According to the miner this shipment marks the commencement of the commissioning of the expansion program which is aimed at increasing overall capacity of its iron ore operations to 290 million tonnes per year.

Rio's iron ore chief, Andrew Harding, said "the 290 project is the largest integrated mining project in Australia; the delivery of 290 ahead of its original schedule and within budget is a testament to our focus on value driven growth of our low-cost operations".

"Given the demanding operating environment in Western Australia over the recent period, this stands as a noteworthy achievement."Monadelphous expects work to be completed towards the end of next year.

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