NRW Holdings’ newly acquired BGC Contracting business has been awarded an infrastructure contract with Fortescue Metals Group at its Eliwana iron ore mine and rail project, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
The new contract, which came just two weeks after NRW announced the completion of the BGC acquisition, will support the development of 143 km of rail for the Eliwana project, according to the contractor.
The scope includes the construction of circa-65 km of rail formation, including earthworks, roadworks, drainage works and construction of bridges and pre-cast structures. The contract is valued at close to A$138 million ($96 million) with mobilisation expected to commence soon (completion is scheduled for late 2020). At its peak, the project will employ an expected workforce of 400, utilising over 140 pieces of major plant in the process.
Jules Pemberton, NRW’s CEO and Managing Director, said: “Following the successful acquisition of the BGC Contracting business, NRW’s operational delivery capabilities in the Pilbara are further enhanced, through the addition of the highly skilled BGC workforce into the group, together with the strong technical skillset to safely and successfully deliver the large bridges and concrete structures required on the project.”
In addition to the building of 143 km of rail, Eliwana will include a 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.