Rio Tinto has awarded Perth-based Mondium a A$400 million ($276 million) contract to design and construct the Western Turner Syncline Phase 2 (WTS2) mine in the Pilbara of Western Australia.
Mondium, a joint venture involving Monadelphous and Lycopodium, will undertake all engineering and design, procurement and site construction works associated with the WTS2 development, including the process plant, overland conveyor and non-process infrastructure.
Back in November, Rio said it would invest $749 million in the development of WTS2 at its Greater Tom Price operations, facilitating mining of existing and new deposits and including construction of a new crusher as well as a 13 km conveyor. In addition to this, the haul truck fleet at the mine will be fitted with Autonomous Haulage System technology to enable autonomous haulage from 2021.
Mondium’s work is expected to create 450 jobs starting in the March quarter, with completion slated for 2021. Rio said Mondium and it would work closely to ensure the contract provides local and Indigenous employment as well as business opportunities in the region.
Rio Tinto Iron Ore CEO, Chris Salisbury, said: “We’re committed to supporting WA businesses, buying locally and supporting our communities through the creation of jobs. We’re pleased to award this contract to Mondium who share those values.”