Kurtarra Cape Joint Venture (KCU) has secured a contract with Rio Tinto to install 170 kilometres of optical fibre as part of the construction of a rail spur that connects the Koodaideri iron ore project to the mining company’s rail network.
The installation will use Cape’s Eco Plough, which adopts an efficient trenchless technique, minimising ground disturbance, especially in environmentally sensitive areas. The KCU JV is diversifying its customer base by securing the Rio Tinto contract.
Cape CEO Peter Rowles said, “KCU has been delivering sustaining capital and dewatering contracts in the Pilbara for the past five years, it has been satisfying to see the business continue to grow and diversify its customer base.”
“We are delighted to secure this project with Rio Tinto and participate in the development of the Koodiaderi project. KCU has been operating for four years and continues to grow.”
The KCU JV was established in 2015 as a fully incorporated 50:50 joint venture and qualifies as a Pilbara Aboriginal business.
Cape has also been awarded the D6 dam and mine infrastructure project at Newmont Goldcorp’s Boddington mine.
The scope of the contract is to deliver a seven gigalitre water storage facility. It includes supply and construction of five pumping stations, electrical works, supply and install of panel storage tank, civil and bulk earthworks, as well as the supply and construction of a large bore.