Iron ore mine, Pilabara

Mining major Rio Tinto has signed two separate agreements with Australian companies Engenium and Monadelphous for ongoing construction and maintenance work at its Pilbara iron-ore operations.

The deals will support Rio Tinto’s plan to expand annual iron ore operations capacity to 353MT from the Pilbara region in Western Australia.

Under the non-exclusive agreement Engenuim will provide design, engineering, procurement, contract management, project management and commissioning management works for the projects.

The panel contract agreement gives Engenium preferred contractor status over the next two years.

Engenium managing director Wayne Peel said, "We are very pleased to be working with Rio Tinto as preferred contractor under this agreement. We have had a very successful working association with the company and this agreement marks another significant milestone in our long term relationship."

Meanwhile, engineering group Monadelphous will undertake construction and maintenance work at Pilbara for a total value of $320m.

The construction contract, secured under a framework agreement, includes structural, mechanical and piping works for the Marandoo Mine Phase 2 expansion project owned by Rio Tinto.

Monadelphous managing director Rob Velletri said, "We’re pleased to continue our extensive support for Rio Tinto in the Pilbara through the ongoing maintenance work and our first contract under the framework agreements."

Image: Rio Tinto is on track to expand capacity of its iron ore operations at Pilbara. Photo: Rio Tinto.