The development of Rio Tinto’s Silvergrass, West Angeles and Yandicoogina mines are set to support more than 1000 construction jobs in Western Australia.
Silvergrass is Rio’s sixteenth mine in the WA’s Pilbara, with construction ramping up since the start of the year. It is expected to deliver around 500 jobs during construction.
A new deposit at the West Angeles mine is almost completed, with an expected peak workforce of 120 people.
The projects to maintain production at the Yandicoogina mine are set to require an additional 470 workers during construction.
Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said the company’s continued investment in its Pilbara iron ore business is helping sustain local jobs.
“To date, we have awarded more than $180 million in construction contracts to develop our Silvergrass mine,” he said.
“This includes a $40 million contract to Western Australian company Decmil and $120 million contract to Perth headquartered company RCR Resources.”
Decmil secured the contract to design, construct and commission service and support facilities at the existing Nammuldi mine and the new slivergrass mine, while RCR’s contract was for the delivery of crusher and conveyor systems to the Silvergrass mine.
Salisbury also highlighted the company’s commitment to partnering with the Pilbara Traditional Owners.
“This is demonstrated by the awarding of a $3 million contract to a local indigenous contractor, Eastern Guruma, to complete earthworks, light vehicle road construction, overland conveyor overpass construction, and associated drainage for the Silvergrass mine,” he said.