Rio Tinto awards Pindan $90m construction contract

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

Rio Tinto has contracted integrated property and construction group Pindan to construct an operations village for its Koodaideri iron ore project in the Pilbara.

Koodaideri, which is in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, will be Rio Tinto’s most technologically advanced mine and will have a capacity of 43 million tonnes of iron ore annually.

The contract includes designing and constructing a 470-room accommodation village, a kitchen and 1200-person dining hall area, gymnasium, recreation building with a café and alfresco dining space, eight laundries, an administration office and shop.

Pindan is no stranger to the Pilbara, having constructed 14 accommodations villages in the region, including Rio Tinto’s 496-room Yandi sustaining project at the Yandicoogina mine site.

The company has been completing contract work at Koddaideri since December 2018, when they built the first stage of the Koodaideri village.

Pindan managing director Tony Gerber said the group pleased to continue to support support Rio Tinto and its Koodaideri project.

“We have a long history of working with Rio Tinto and working in the Pilbara,” Gerber said.

“We’re looking forward to partnering on this next phase of construction of the Koodaideri village.

“We expect this contract will provide 350 jobs over 12 months, which is great news for the region.”

Once complete, Koodaderi will deliver a new production hub for iron ore, incorporating a processing plant and infrastructure at the site, connecting to the existing network by a 166-kilometre rail line.

Production at the US$2.6 billion project is expected to start late 2021.

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