Civmec has been awarded a significant scope in the further development of Rio Tinto’s Mesa A operational hub in the Robe Valley.

Rio Tinto’s Robe Valley Sustaining (RVS) iron ore project, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, includes the development of three new mining deposits and the construction of supporting infrastructure required to continue operations of the two existing operational hubs at Mesa A and Mesa J.

The package comprises the supply, fabrication, modularisation, transportation to site, erection, modification, installation, and commissioning of structural, mechanical & piping (SMP), electrical and instrumentation, and communication work for the Mesa A Wet Plant.

Components include screening, surge bin and scrubbing facilities and associated conveyor systems, transfer towers, sub stations and all piping and cabling, including trenching for underground services.

Civmec CEO Pat Tallon said, “Rio Tinto has always been a good client for us and we have a long history of supporting the safe, high quality and timely delivery of their projects in Western Australia and Queensland, across construction, manufacturing and maintenance. We are very pleased to have secured this opportunity to partner with them again.”

Fabrication, to be undertaken at Civmec's Henderson facility, will employ around 200 people and will commence in the coming weeks.

The onsite SMP component will require approximately 240 people to mobilise to site at the peak of the project in the latter part of this calendar year, while the electrical discipline will require approximately100 people in early 2021.