Rio Tinto backs NRW for south Koodaideri railway contract

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NRW Holdings has been awarded a $137 million contract by Rio Tinto for the Koodaideri iron ore project’s rail formation south earthworks.

The project scope includes the construction of around 73 kilometres of new rail embankment, a new mine access road and associated road works along the Koodaideri rail alignment.

It is expected to be completed in approximately 70 weeks, with site works commencing in August 2019. The contract will involve more than 300 site-based personnel at its peak.

NRW chief executive officer Jules Pemberton welcomed the contract, commenting that he was confident about the successful delivery of the project given the company’s experience in the region.

“I am delighted that NRW has been awarded the Koodaideri Rail Formation South contract by Rio Tinto,” he said.

“NRW has a long history of civil construction expertise in the Pilbara and has been involved in the successful delivery of numerous greenfield and brownfield projects for Rio Tinto since 2002.”

Rio Tinto iron ore chief executive officer Chris Salisbury said the construction of Koodaideri continued to benefit the economy both “locally and nationally.”

“The mine is a multi-billion-dollar invest in Western Australia and we are committed to supporting local businesses and jobs during its construction and operation,” he said.

Rio Tinto last year announced a $3.5 billion investment in Koodaideri, which is poised to become the company’s next major Pilbara hub, combining advanced automation and digitised technology.

The mine requires a 170-kilometre rail spur to connect it to the existing Rio Tinto Iron Ore rail network that lies in the northwest of Western Australia.

This will allow for the transportation of the iron ore product to either the Dampier or Cape Lambert ports.

Engineering and construction company Clough was also awarded a contract for the construction of the northern rail formation for Koodaideri earlier this month.

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