SINGAPORE (May 13): Australia-based Civmec announced on Wednesday that it has been awarded a “significant scope of work” in the further development of Rio Tinto’s Mesa A at Robe Valley in Western Australia.

Collectively, this contract – combined with other recent orders from Rio Tinto’s maintenance division – is worth A$165 million ($151.6 million), which brings the company’s order book to around A$895 million.

The contract involves the construction of three mining deposits as well as the supporting infrastructure needed for operations to continue at Mesa A and Mesa J, Civmec said in a regulatory filing.

It will also provide supply, fabrication, modularisation, transportation to site, modification, installation and commissioning of structural, mechanical piping, electrical and instrumentation, for the Mesa A Wet Plant.

It adds that the fabrication project will see the employment of some 200 people, while the on-site structural works will require 240 people this year. Meanwhile, its electrical discipline will need about 100 employees for works in early 2021.

Given its longstanding relationship with Rio Tinto, Civmec’s CEO Patrick Tallon says he is happy to continue their partnership through this project.

He adds, “Rio Tinto has always been a good client for us and we have a long history of supporting the safe, high quality and timely delivery of their projects in Western Australia and Queensland, across construction, manufacturing and maintenance”.

Shares at Civmec closed flat at 35 cents on Wednesday.