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Roy Hill blasting contract awarded

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Western Australian based blasting company Action Drill & Blast has won a six month contract for blast works at the Roy Hill project.

ADB’s parent company NRW awarded it the contract, which will cover over 170 kilometres of rail cuttings at the site’s rail earthworks project.

A team of 65 personnel operating six drill rigs and associated ancillary equipment will drill and blast approximately 3 million bcm of rock for the rail track which is being constructed from the mine site, located north of Newman, to Port Hedland. 

ADB expects to be on site this month.  

The company’s Area Manager Anthony Ruffin said this is its largest civil contract to date, and the biggest drill and blast contract to be awarded in Australia this year.

Earlier this year ADB secured a lucrative contract at Fortescue Metals Group’s Cloudbreak mine in Western Australia and Peabody’s Middlemount coal mine in Queensland.

This is the latest of a raft of contracts that have been awarded for the construction of the Roy Hill iron ore mine.

In November $3 billion worth of contracts were allocated for the $10 billion project.

The biggest contract yet was announced, with Downer EDI winning a 4 year contract for mining services worth $500 million.

Other contracts handed out include a $620 million rail earthworks contract to NRW, $830 million to Forge Group for construction and processing works and $70 million to Brookfield Multiplex to develop non-processing infrastructure.

In the same month Decmil secured the diesel fuel infrastructure project, adding to the two it won in April for the design, civil engineering and construction of rail and port facilities at the site.

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