Downer EDi has won the contract for Rio Tinto Iron Ore`s Mesa A/Warramboo project.
The infrastructure contract, worth more than $50 million, involves earthworks, concrete works, road surfacing and bridge construction, as well as electrical and communication works. Information on machinery tickets.
Downer CEO Grant Fenn said this is a first with Rio Tinto`s expansion projects group.
The Warramboo project, which is located 165 km south of† Karratha, is scheduled for completion in April next year.
Rio Tinto’s majority-owned Mesa A/Warramboo mine in the Pilbara has begun producing iron ore.
More than two years after construction began on the project, the $US901 million ($A1 billion) mine achieved first production last year.
Mine life of 11 years – 220 mine workers
The open-cut mine, which Rio Tinto owns a 53 per cent stake, will have production of 25 million tonnes by this year, the company said.
High-grade reserves at the Mesa A/Warramboo deposit were estimated to be 249 million tonnes, with a mine life of 11 years, the company said.
About 220 people are expected to be employed at the mine.