Primero Group, a subsidiary of Australian mining contractor NRW, has secured a contract, worth around $35m (A$54m), for the Western Range iron ore project in Australia.

Under the contract, which has been awarded by mining firm Rio Tinto, Primero will design, supply, construct, and commission the non-process infrastructure facilities on the Western Range mine site.

The scope of the contract includes the refuelling facility, mobile equipment maintenance facility, washdown facilities, primary crusher maintenance facility, wastewater treatment plant, and water infrastructure.

The contract is anticipated to run for a period of about 12 months.

NRW managing director Jules Pemberton said: “This is an exciting opportunity as we continue to reinforce our long-term relationship with Rio Tinto through the delivery of worldclass, Non-Process Infrastructure, design and construction performed in-house by Primero Group.”

Located in Paraburdoo site in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, the Western Range iron ore project is estimated to cost $2bn for development.

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Last year, Rio Tinto and China Baowu Steel Group (Baowu) formed a joint venture (JV) to own 54% and 46% stakes respectively in the Western Range project.

The project, which is expected to create approximately 1,600 jobs during the construction phase, is scheduled to start production in 2025.

It is estimated to have annual production capacity of 25 million tonnes of iron ore.

Earlier this year, Civmec was selected to complete a vertical package of work at the Western Range iron ore project.

The firm will undertake heavy engineering requirements for the structural and platework fabrication, as well as assemble modules for transportation to the site.