Integrated property and construction group Pindan has been awarded a new contract, valued at about A$90 million, to progress construction of an operations village for Rio Tinto’s Koodaideri iron ore project.
The US$2.6 billion Koodaideri project, in Western Australia’s Pilbara, will be Rio Tinto’s most technologically advanced mine and will have a capacity of 43 Mt 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 1,200-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 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,” said Gerber. “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.
Pindan recently let go 40 staff following performance target failures. e
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