Rio Tinto has contracted integrated property and construction group Pindan to construct an operations village, valued at $90mn, for its Koodaideri iron ore project in the Pilbara.
The $2.6bn Koodaideri project, in Western Australia’s Pilbara, will be Rio Tinto’s most technologically advanced mine and will have a capacity of 43 million tonnes of iron ore a year, which is expected to commence in late 2021.
The contract involves the design and construction of accommodation for the project’s main village featuring 470 rooms, eight laundries, a 1200-person kitchen/dining hall, gymnasium, recreation building with café and alfresco space, administration office, and shop.
This latest award builds on Pindan’s presence at Koodaideri, with the group having been awarded an enabling works contract in December 2018 for the first stage of the Koodaideri village.
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Pindan Contracting managing director Tony Gerber said the Group are pleased to continue to support Rio Tinto’s Koodaideri project on construction of the Koodaideri village: "We have a long history of working with Rio Tinto and working in the Pilbara and we’re looking forward to partnering on this next phase of construction of the Koodaideri Village. We expect this contract will provide 350 jobs over 12 months, which is great news for the region."
Over the past eight years, Pindan has constructed 14 accommodation villages in the Pilbara, including Rio Tinto’s 496-room Yandi Sustaining Project at the Yandicoogina mine site.
Once complete, Koodaderi will deliver a new production hub for iron ore, incorporating a processing plant and infrastructure at the site, connecting to the existing network by a 166-kilometre rail line.
Pindan offers a comprehensive range of services including design and construction, capital raising, development management, asset management, project marketing and sales across multiple sectors. Its operations span Australia-wide in order to serve clients better on the ground. From its head office in Perth to branches throughout WA and in Sydney and Brisbane, Pindan employ around 400 people, matching local knowledge and requirements to create greater opportunities and successful outcomes for its clients.