Rio Tinto will construct new stackers at the Paraburdoo iron ore mine in the Pilbara in a jobs boost for Western Australia.
The project is estimated to create more than 100 jobs, including up to 80 during the implementation phase and up to 30 Pilbara-based roles required to install the plant.
Technology provider Tenova TAKRAF is leading the design and implementation phases. The company plans to source materials from reputable suppliers with a preference for local content.
A multi-million dollar contract has been awarded to Paradigm Engineers to provide engineering design and control system programming services to the project.
The design phase of the stackers is underway, with fabrication to begin later this year and installation and commissioning expected to be completed by 2020.
Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said the news was not only great for Paraburdoo, but also for Western Australia.
“This project is an important part of our sustaining capital programme for 2018 and we’re pleased to be supporting local businesses with this significant body of work,” Salisbury said.
“A further feature of our commitment to local jobs is our local procurement programme that we launched last year. The program already has over 750 business registrations and more than 200 packages of work placed online.”
Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan, who visited the site on Friday, said construction and replacement of the stackers would allow Rio Tinto to work out of Paraburdoo for years to come.
“I congratulate Tenova TAKRAF for committing to sourcing materials from well-known, reputable suppliers with a preference for local content,” McGowan said.
“The construction of the new stackers provides opportunities for local businesses which are well placed to win a majority of contracts generated by the works.”