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Alltype Engineering has won a contract to build an iron ore mining plant at Rio Tinto’s Koodaideri project in the Pilbara, Western Australia, via managing contractor Laing O’Rourke.

Under the $6 million contract, Alltype Engineering will complete the phase one structural, mechanical and piping package for the Koodaideri mine plant.

This will see the WestStar Industrial subsidiary perform procurement, fabrication, surface protection, pre-assembly and modularisation works at the greenfield mine development.

Rio Tinto is developing Koodaideri processing plant and infrastructure with a total investment of $3.5 billion.

The infrastructure includes a 166 kilometre rail line connecting the mine to the existing network.

Alltype will preassemble and modularise the structural steel elements of the mine plant at its naval base facility south of Perth.

The company will bring with it similar delivery strategies used for its past projects in the oil and gas, petrochemical and infrastructure sectors.

This endorses Alltype’s strategy of continuing to build its established local fabrication capabilities, according to company engineering managing director Kelvin Andrijich.

“Alltype Engineering undertook a significant strategic shift in 2017, focussing on multidiscipline construction solutions, technology partnership with original equipment manufacturers and leveraging off the well-established industry exposure developed over 35 years of operation,” Andrijich said.

“This strategy continues to unfold, building upon delivery of successive projects of increasing scale and complexity with new and existing clients.

“The support of our new owner WestStar Industrial allows the group to execute larger contracts previously constrained by working capital, as well as start to expand the operational footprint to the east coast of Australia where there is further market opportunity.”

Alltype Engineering’s contract win with Rio Tinto will take immediate effect, the company stated.

First production from Koodaideri is expected in 2021.