Perth-based company Mondium has won a $400 million contract to design and construct Rio Tinto’s Western Turner Syncline Phase 2 (WTS2) mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Under the agreement, Mondium 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.
Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive officer Chris Salisbury said the work is expected to create some 450 new jobs, adding that the two companies will work closely to ensure the contract provides local and Indigenous employment as well as business opportunities in the region.
“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,” he said.
“We’re continuing to invest in Western Australia and have a number of development projects in the pipeline that will continue to provide opportunities for local companies.”
Mondium Managing Director, Andrew Carnie, said that the award is a ‘major strategic milestone for the Company in its growth strategy’.
“Mondium has been working hard to execute projects successfully and prove our capability. We are thrilled to be making great strides in our growth strategy and to have secured this significant contract with Rio Tinto,” said Mr Carnie.
The work will commence in the first quarter of 2020 and is expected to be completed in 2021.