19/07/2013 - 09:48

Calibre snags $60m in mine and rail projects

19/07/2013 - 09:48


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Calibre snags $60m in mine and rail projects
Calibre's co-founder and non-executive director Ray Munro.

Perth-based engineering services provider Calibre Group has been awarded $60 million worth of rail and mine project contracts with iron ore giants BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.

Calibre subsidiary Calibre Rail has already started work on BHP Billiton's ore car repair shop contract, a $30 million project slated for completion in 2016.

The repair shop project at Mooka, located 33km south of Port Hedland, will employ about 40 Calibre personnel for its duration.

In an announcement today, Calibre outlined that the project covers the delivery of both rail and infrastructure components and the construction of a maintenance workshop, a warehouse and process equipment installation.

Another Calibre company, Calibre Global, will be working on a definitive engineering study for Rio Tinto's Koodaideri mine and rail projects in the Pilbara.

Calibre said the definitive engineering study represented the initial phase of a potential multi-phase development of the Koodaideri project, located about 35km north-west of Rio Tinto's Yandicoogina iron ore operations.

Rio is currently evaluating the development of Koodaideri as part of its goal of lifting production to 360 million tonnes per annum, but is also evaluating the potential to lift output from existing mines as an alternative.

The combined studies are valued at approximately $30 million and are scheduled for completion in March 2014.

Calibre was also previously involved in preliminary engineering studies for both projects.



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