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The Iron Bridge operation. Image: Fortescue Metals Group

  • Fortescue Metals Group has awarded Decmil Group a $41 million contract at the Iron Bridge magnetite joint venture project in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

Under the contract, Decmil will complete non-mining process infrastructure works at the site, starting from this month.

Decmil’s works will include designing and constructing a bulk fuel storage and transfer facility, a mobile maintenance complex with workshops, warehouses and a satellite office and other site service facilities.

The fuel facility will be used for the refuelling of heavy vehicles while the mobile maintenance complex will feature a heavy vehicle workshop incorporating locker storage, tool store and an administration area.

Decmil chief executive officer Dickie Dique said: “Crucially, this award at such a major project enhances our credentials to potentially secure more work in a resurgent iron ore and magnetite sector.”

The contractor’s works at Iron Bridge should be completed by May 2021.

Iron Bridge is a joint venture between Fortescue Metals Group’s subsidiary FMG Iron Bridge and Formosa Steel IB.

The project, which is worth around $US2.6 billion ($3.5 billion) will have an annual production of 22 million wet metric tonnes per annum once full operational capacity is achieved.

Iron Bridge is anticipated to deliver first concentrate product by the middle of 2022.