SIMPEC secures contract at Rio Tinto iron ore project

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SIMPEC has been awarded a $4 million contract at Rio Tinto’s $US579 million ($787 million) Robe River joint venture project, West Angelas, in the Pilbara.

The contract will see SIMPEC supply and install the electrical and communication systems for a 600-room construction camp, awarded to the WestStar business by portable building manufacturer ATCO Structures and Logistics.

The camp will be used to build deposits C and D at West Angelas, dedicated to Rio’s production of premium Pilbara Blend iron ore and Robe Valley lump and fine products.

Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said, “The additional Robe Valley deposits will enable us to continue to provide a highly valued product to our long-term customers across Asia.”

Following the completion of the mine development, SIMPEC will return to West Angelas and deconstruct the camp’s electrical and communications system.

Works will commence in early 2019 and extend over three to four months.

SIMPEC considers the award a significant milestone for the business. Managing director Mark Dimasi said it was a tribute to the company’s team resulting from its efforts at the Cataby project with Iluka.

“What a commendable achievement to secure a project with ATCO Structures and Logistics for the Rio Tinto West Angelas mine site, further enhancing our exposure to camp construction works,” Dimasi said.

West Angelas is Rio Tinto’s fifth iron ore mine that is technology-focused and equipped with autonomous haulage system (AHS) technology.