Rio Tinto delivers $60m contract to GenusPlus

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Rio Tinto has hired GenusPlus Group for a $60 million power installation contract for the Kangaroo Hill bulk supply substation in Dampier, Western Australia.

The infrastructure is expected to support Rio Tinto’s Pilbara operations.

The contract will involve the design and construction of a 15-kilometre dual-circuit 220 kilovolt transmission line between Karratha and Dampier, a 220/33 kilovolt substation at Kangaroo Hill, modification works at Yurralyi Maya power station and Dampier bulk substation.

GenusPlus will also provide new 33-kilovolt infrastructure and deconstruction of the old 220-kilovolt and 33-kilovolt infrastructure.

The works will commence immediately and are expected to be completed over a 22-month period.

GenusPlus managing director David Riches welcomed the new contract as a further enhancement to the company’s relationship with Rio Tinto.

“We are pleased to secure the Kangaroo Hill contract and continue to build on our long relationship with Rio Tinto,” he said.

“We look forward to completing the works safely and on time. We continue to be on track to deliver on our prospectus forecasts and continue to build a strong order book for FY22 (2022 financial year).”

GenusPlus expects to hire 95 personnel for the project as well as local subcontractors and suppliers.

The works will be completed by GenusPlus subsidiary Powerlines Plus.

Rio Tinto’s Pilbara iron ore operations employ 13,600 workers through a network of 16 mines, four port terminals and a 1700-kilometre rail network.

In total, the operations produced 333 million tonnes of iron ore in 2020 from sites including the Tom Price mine, Paraburdoo mine and Channar mine.

In February, Rio Tinto spent over $500 million to develop the Greater Tom Price iron ore operations.

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