Rio Tinto has awarded a $95 million mine pre-strip contract for its Koodaideri iron ore project in Western Australia to NRW Holdings.
The scope of the project includes the development of initial mining pre-strip and earthworks infrastructure to enable mining operations to start.
NRW’s contract activities include mobilisation and site establishment, drill and blast operations, construction of access, haul roads, drainage construction, and clearing and stripping topsoil and subsoil.
The project is expected to span approximately 78 weeks with works to commence in November 2019.
At its peak, NRW expects there will be over 150 site-based personnel required for the project. The contractor will use major plant from its existing fleet.
NRW chief executive office Jules Pemberton said the contract award highlighted the company’s strong reputation and capability across mining and construction projects.
“NRW looks forward to continuing our relationship with Rio Tinto and supporting their iron ore operations in the Pilbara,” Pemberton said.
The latest contract builds on NRW’s presence at Koodaideri, having already been awarded a $137 million contract for the south Koodaideri railway.
This coincides with NRW subsidiary RCR Mining Technologies receiving an equipment package for the project that includes providing three large apron feeders, 11 slide gates and two belt feeders for a combined value in excess of $18 million.
The Koodaideri project is part of Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future development, which aims to find advanced ways to extract minerals while reducing environmental impact and improving safety.