Simpec, the engineering contractor business of Australian industrial conglomerate WestStar, has won a contract from ATCO Structures and Logistics for an 800-room camp at Fortescue Metals’ Eliwana iron ore mine and rail project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Under the contract, Simpec will supply and install the electrical, communications and dry fire systems for the mine camp, located 90km from Tom Price in the Pilbara region.
The $10m contract represents Simpec’s largest single contract award to date. For Simpec, this is the first contract on a Fortescue project. Work will commence in mid-2019.
Simpec will design, supply, construct, test and commission the electrical, communications and dry fire systems of the mine camp. The camp will be delivered over nine months.
The camp will be used in the development project at the new Eliwana Mine.
Currently, the company is working on several projects, including an $8m piping and insulation contract at Kwinana processing plant belonging to Tianqi Lithium, and a $1.7m contract for a flocculant treatment plant and associated works at Cataby mineral sands development owned by Iluka Resources.
The company is also completing camp work at Rio Tinto’s West Angelas project.
The latest contract ensures Simpec’s presence in each of the new iron ore development projects in Western Australia.
The Simpec contract takes the value of contracts won by WestStar during the 2019 financial year so far to $43m.
Simpec managing director Mark Dimasi said: “To see the fruits of the concerted effort during the Fortescue Eliwana tender phase is very rewarding for the team.
“This tier one project award is a significant achievement for SIMPEC allowing the company to construct alongside some of Australia’s biggest construction companies.”
WestStar comprises three operating businesses – Precast Australia (concrete fabrication), Simpec (construction contractor), and Distinct Developments (property developer).
Simpec offers services in structural, mechanical and piping, and electrical and instrumentation works.
It provides integrated solutions to deliver infrastructure, energy, mining, and oil and gas projects.