NRW lines up Eliwana contract with Fortescue

Image: Fortescue Metals Group

NRW Holdings has been selected by Fortescue Metals Group as its preferred contractor for the Eliwana rail project in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

The contractor would be responsible for delivering stage one earthworks, roadworks and drainage works at Eliwana, with a contract value of around $57 million. NRW would use its existing civil construction fleet for the project.

Fortescue approved the $US1.275 billion ($1.69 billion) Eliwana project during the 2018 financial year.

The project involves the development of 143 kilometres of rail and a new 30 million tonnes per year dry ore processing facility.

It also underpins the introduction of Fortescue’s 60 per cent iron grade product and is scheduled for production in December 2020.

Fortescue’s chief executive Elizabeth Gaines, in May last year, said Eliwana would provide the company with greater flexibility to capitalise on market dynamics, while maintaining a minimum 170 million tonne per year production rate over 20 years.

The Eliwana project will build on Fortescue’s development and construction capability, using the latest technology, autonomous trucks and design efficiency, while redeploying existing assets.

NRW and Fortescue will move to finalise outstanding matters prior to formal contract execution following the preferred contractor announcement.

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