Civmec secures contract for works at FMG's Eliwana project in WA

Monica Gameng   |   August 16, 2019

Civmec has secured a contract from Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) for works on the $1.7 billion Eliwana iron ore mine and rail development located approximately 90 kilometres north-west of Tom Price in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

Works under this contract will include full vertical delivery of Eliwana’s iron ore loading, primary, secondary and tertiary crushing, ore screening and associated conveyor systems, up to no load commissioning. Civmec will also undertake shop detailing, fabrication, delivery and site installation of civil, structural, mechanical, piping and electrical works.

“We are pleased to extend our relationship with Fortescue in the delivery of this exciting new contract. We have worked extensively with Fortescue for some time to secure this award, with the package of works utilising many of our core disciplines in a single, vertical solution offering,” Civmec Chief Executive Officer Patrick Tallon said.

For this package of works, Civmec is expecting to employ up to 300 local personnel both at their heavy engineering facilities where fabrication will take place and at the Eliwana site.

“Fortescue’s strong commitment to supporting Western Australian industry, by engaging our fabrication capability as part of the turnkey solution, is commendable. This is a great start to FY2020 and we look forward to the year ahead,” Mr Tallon said.

Work under this contract is anticipated to commence over the coming months, with construction due to be completed by late-2020.

In July of this year, major works have commenced on the Eliwana project. The more than one billion dollar project is expected to support up to 1,900 jobs during its construction phase and a further 500 full-time positions once the mine is operational.

FMG has also announced that it is expecting to award more than $500 million in contracts by the end of 2019 in addition to the contracts that the company has already awarded.

The Eliwana project is comprised of 143-kilometre rail that will connect the mine to FMG’s existing railway and Solomon operations and a 30Mtpa dry ore processing facility and infrastructure.

First ore from the Eliwana operations is anticipated for late-2020.

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Source: Civmec; The West Australian; Australian Mining; International Mining; Mining Magazine

Monica Gameng
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