Rio Tinto awards construction contract to Pindan at Koodaideri

One of Pindan's past construction projects for Rio Tinto is the Yandi camp. Image: Pindan.

Construction company Pindan has been awarded a $45 million contract by Rio Tinto at its Koodaideri iron ore project in the Pilbara.

The $3.5 billion Koodaideri project was approved by Rio Tinto last week and will start production in late 2021.

Rio Tinto’s preliminary funding for Koodaideri includes the first stage of the project’s accommodation camp.

According to a post on Pindan’s website, the company has almost completed the camp design and commenced refurbishing the buildings.

The construction camp will include a 780-room village in the Pilbara, with the construction of the first 252 rooms and supporting facilities prioritised.

Pindan expects to complete all construction by June 2019. The contract award is also set to create 150 jobs.

Koodaideri is waiting for final approvals from the West Australian Government.

In 2014, Pindan built a 496 room mining camp for Rio Tinto’s Yandicoogina iron ore mine in the Pilbara with a project value of $11.4 million.

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