The Kurtarra Cape Joint Venture (KCU) has announced it has secured a contract to install 170 km of optical fibre as part of the construction of a new rail spur to connect the Koodaideri mine to the existing Rio Tinto Rail network. The fibre optic cable enables automated rail operations and will be installed utilising Cape’s Eco Plough which adopts an efficient trenchless technique, minimising ground disturbance especially in environmentally sensitive areas.
KCU’s Director Garry Jaffrey said it was a great achievement for the JV. “We are delighted to secure this project with Rio Tinto and participate in the development of the Koodiaderi project. KCU has been operating for four years and continues to grow. It’s a great result for all involved and positions the business for exciting times ahead”.
Cape’s CEO Peter Rowles said it is pleasing to see the JV continue to diversify its customer base. “KCU has been delivering sustaining capital and dewatering contracts in the Pilbara for the past five years, it has been satisfying to see the business continue to grow and diversify its customer base. The project award with Rio Tinto is a significant milestone for the team and one we are all very proud of.”
Kurtarra Cape USA JV Pty Ltd (KCU), a fully incorporated 50/50 joint venture was established in 2015 and is currently registered with Supply Nation and qualifies as a Pilbara Aboriginal Business. Kurtarra was established in 2012, and is a 100% aboriginal family owned company by the Jaffrey Sam family who originate from the Palkyu area in the Pilbara of Western Australia. Kurtarra provides aboriginal recruitment and labour services as well as training, mentoring, coaching and pastoral care for Aboriginal employees.