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Iron ore contract means more Pilbara mining jobs
Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd has been awarded a $1.5 billion full service, five-year contract ““ with two-year extension option ““ to produce 20 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of iron ore at the Firetail deposit of Fortescue’s Solomon Hub (Chichester Ranges), 60km north of their Tom Price mine in the Pilbara.
Leighton chief executive Hamish Tyrwhitt said the deal was a win for both companies, with Fortescue outlaying the capital for mining equipment but saving on mining running and maintenance costs.
Leighton Contractors Mining Division will deliver whole-of-mine management at the mine, including operating and maintaining the open cut mining fleet, ore handling facilities and the associated infrastructure of roads, buildings and management facilities.
Leighton Contractors Managing Director, Craig Laslett, said the Firetail project aligned with Leighton’s growth strategy for the future.
“We have a lot of expertise in iron ore mining and mined and processed approximately 500 million tonnes over the last five years,”ť he said.
Mine training and jobs for Indigenous Australian’s
Fortescue chief executive Nev Power said the awarding of the mining and operations contract to Leighton was a big milestone in the FMG’s plan to expand its production to 115 million tonnes (Mtpa) of iron ore each year from the beginning of April 2013.
The Firetail agreement sees Leighton committed to engaging graduates of Fortescue’s indigenous training and employment program. This means a lot of mining jobs for the local population which is reliant on iron ore mining for stability and prosperity in the Pilbara.
Fortescue awards Leighton $1.5 billion mining operations contract