Monday 16th Dec, 2019

Plant maintenance contract worth $100M awarded

Rio Tinto has been given the greenlight by the EPA to expand the West Angelas iron ore mine in the Pilbara, Western Australia.
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Rio Tinto has awarded a major contract fixed plant maintenance services worth more than $100 million at its West Angelas iron ore mine.

Monadelphous will supply and install structural, mechanical, piping and electrical instrumentation for the new iron ore facilities at Rio Tinto’s West Angelas Deposits C and D project. It will also make modifications to the existing plant at the site.

Mechanical and electrical plant maintenance will include shutdowns and scaffolding installation at the company’s iron ore operations throughout the Pilbara region in Western Australia.

The two companies have a 25-year working relationship, with Monadelphous also contracted to complete $60 million of rail maintenance services for Rio Tinto in August.

Other contract work Monadelphous has completed for Rio Tinto includes the Western Turner Brockman project and Cape Lambert port in 2013 and $320 million of construction and maintenance at Pilbara iron ore operations in 2012.

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Monadelphous Managing Director Rob Velletri said winning another contract from Rio Tinto highlighted the company’s sound reputation and capability for delivering large-scale construction projects.

“This contract allows us to build on our long-standing relationship with Rio Tinto,” Velletri said.

“We have seen significant growth in our maintenance division over the last two years, with a more than 50 per cent increase in revenue.

“We look forward to continuing to partner with the communities of Karratha, Dampier, Wickham and Roebourne, providing employment, training and business opportunities in these regions.”

Work on the contract will begin immediately and is expected to be completed by April 2021.