A special rail licence has been granted to Fortescue Metal Group by the Western Australian Government. The Eliwana iron ore mine and rail project in the Pilbara region will create 2400 construction jobs.
Fortescue COO Greg Lilleyman, CEO Elizabeth Gaines and Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan visited Pacific Industrial Company (PIC) in Kwinana where the premier announced the new licence.
PIC is one of many Western Australian companies that has reaped rewards from the $1 billion in contracts awarded by Fortescue for the Eliwana project.
Fortescue has allocated 82 per cent of its project expenditure with 290 Western Australian businesses already, and a further 9 per cent with other companies across the nation.
“It’s outstanding to see the majority of the work on this mammoth $1.7 billion project is happening here in Western Australia,” McGowan said.
“Eliwana is a huge project not only for Fortescue but for a lot of small to medium enterprises in Western Australia and for the 2400 workers in total who are expected to get jobs out of it.”
More than 2600 tonnes of fabricated structural steel is being manufactured by PIC and will be built into rail and road bridge girder modules for the Eliwana project. The modules are the heaviest and largest to ever be constructed in W.A, according to PIC managing director Marco Mosole.
“With all the steel manufactured and fabricated in Australia, it has enabled the industry to demonstrate the capacity and capability that exist here to undertake these sizeable projects,” he said.
Gaines said she was pleased the company could provide as many Eliwana contracts as they have for local businesses.
“As a proud West Australian company, we are pleased to provide opportunities for local small and medium sized businesses ,” Gaines said.
“Importantly, we are proud to support Aboriginal participation in the resources sector, with the Eliwana project awarding 19 contracts worth a total of $25.5 million to Aboriginal contractors as part of our pioneering Billion Opportunities program.”
Upon completion of the project, Eliwana will maintain Fortescue’s low-cost iron ore producer status and continue its overall production rate of 170 million tonnes a year for 20 years.
The project includes a 30 million tonne per year dry ore processing facility and 143 kilometres of rail development.
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