Jobs growth at Rio mines

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph
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More than 1000 construction jobs are expected to be generated as Rio Tinto’s Pilbara mines begin to ramp up.

Development projects at Rio Tinto’s new Silvergrass mine, West Angelas and Yandicoogina mines are expected to support and create hundreds of jobs each throughout WA.

Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said the mining giant continued to invest in its Pilbara iron ore business, which was helping to sustain local businesses and jobs.

“To date, we have awarded more than $180 million in construction contracts to develop our Silvergrass mine. This includes a $40 million contract to WA company Decmil and $120 million contract to Perth-headquartered company RCR Resources,” he said.

“Other WA suppliers are benefiting from Decmil’s local purchasing of major items such as structural steel, modular buildings, gantry cranes and waste water treatment plant.

“RCR Resources has engaged more than 40 WA suppliers and contractors to support the fabrication of a new primary crushing plant, and construction of 9km of overland conveyors and associated power distribution.”

Since the start of the year, construction of Rio Tinto’s 16th iron ore mine in the Pilbara, Silvergrass, has been steadily increasing and is forecasting to create about 500 jobs during the construction phase.

The satellite deposit located next to Rio Tinto’s Nammuldi mine 70km north-west of Tom Price is expected to also add 10 million tonnes of capacity.

Development of a new iron ore deposit at its West Angeles mine is now nearing completion, with an estimated peak workforce of 120 people.

Mine development projects to sustain production at Yandi-coogina mine are expected to create a further 470 jobs during construction.

Mr Salisbury said Rio Tinto remained committed to partnering with 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.

Eastern Guruma is an Aboriginal group whose traditional land surrounds Tom Price in the Pilbara region of WA and was created with a vision to provide employment and career opportunities for Eastern Guruma members and other Aboriginal people

Eastern Guruma and ESS Support Services Worldwide have had a joint venture operation for almost 10 years in the management of several Rio Tinto accommodation facilities in the Tom Price area including Punurunha, Brockman 4, Nammuldi, Windawarri and Jundunmunnah.

This joint venture has provided long-term employment and training for Eastern Guruma people and local Aboriginal people.

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