Australia mining and construction firm, BGC Contracting has been awarded a A$24 million ($16.9 million) contract to deliver bulk earthworks and roads at Fortescue Metals Group’s A$1.7 billion Eliwana iron ore project, 90 km west-northwest of Tom Price, in the Pilbara of Western Australia.
The six-month project is underway and BGC Contracting will deliver infrastructure including the construction of the permanent accommodation village earthworks and access road, a RFDS airstrip and a 16 km-long construction access road, the company said. BGC is carrying out all earthworks and civil works necessary to develop initial road facilities, which will also facilitate connection to near-future construction packages to rail and other infrastructure.
The Eliwana project will involve the building of 143 km of rail, a new 30 Mt/y dry ore processing facility and infrastructure. Production is expected to commence in December 2020 with a life of mine strip ratio of 1.1. The project underpins the introduction of a 60% Fe grade product (Fortescue Premium) in the second half of the company’s 2019 financial year.
BGC Contracting CEO, Greg Heylen, said the Eliwana contract is a major achievement for the company’s diversification strategy and allows BGC to extend its expertise in the mining construction sector.
“When you partner with BGC Contracting, you don’t just partner with one of Australia’s largest contractors; you partner up with every person that works on the job. You get their collective experience, their knowledge, and their work ethic. You get 110%,” he said.
“There has been a real increase in resource sector and construction opportunities, particularly in Western Australia and Queensland, and we look forward to this next phase in our growth strategy.”
The day after BGC announced this contract award, WestStar business SIMPEC said it had been awarded a circa A$10 million contract by ATCO Structures and Logistics to design, supply, construct, test and commission the electrical, communications and dry fire systems for an 800-room mine camp at Eliwana.
The contract, SIMPEC’s largest single contract award to date, was scheduled to commence in mid-2019 and was expected to take nine months to complete.
SIMPEC Managing Director, Mark Dimasi, said: “To see the fruits of the concerted effort during the Fortescue Eliwana tender phase is very rewarding for the team. This Tier One project award is a significant achievement for SIMPEC allowing the company to construct alongside some of Australia’s biggest construction companies.”