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Rio Tinto to upgrade port facilities in Western Australia

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Rio Tinto has announced an almost AUS$70 million upgrade to its bulk handling facilities at East Intercourse Island in the Port of Dampier. The project includes the manufacture, installation and commissioning of three replacement stackers and associated equipment.

Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said the project will maintain our portfolio of world-class assets in Dampier.

“I’m pleased to announce a significant proportion of the design, fabrication and installation work will be completed here in Western Australia, creating jobs at every stage of the project, Salisbury said. “We look forward to using these new, locally made machines to help deliver iron ore to our markets for many decades to come.”

97%of labour for the project will be sourced from Western Australia with three quarters of the heavy machinery to be wholly made within Australia.

The project is expected to create up to 150 local jobs including 30 jobs based in the Pilbara to prepare the site and install the equipment.

The contracts for site establishment work, quality assurance and engineering inspections will be made available to West Australian businesses.

Together with thyssenkrupp, Rio Tinto will identify additional work, which can include Western Australia, Pilbara and Aboriginal businesses.

Thyssenkrupp Australia will manufacture, assemble and fabricate the stackers required for the refurbishment before transporting the 1860 tonnes of stacker weight to the Pilbara.

This announcement supports Rio Tinto’s commitment to build on the 77% of supply spend attributed to West Australian suppliers.

Design and fabrication work is expected to commence in 2018, with installation and commissioning anticipated in late 2020.

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