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Western Australia’s First Indigenous-Rum Qauarry to Supply Rio Tinto Mine Build

Mining News - Published on Wed, 21 Aug 2019

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Western Australia’s first Indigenous-owned and operated quarry will be established to supply railway ballast for a USD 3.5 billion Rio Tinto mine in the region. Mining support services company White Springs will form the Bea Bea Creek Quarry to provide more than 600,000 tonnes of railway ballast for Rio Tinto’s Koodaideri iron ore mine, located 110km from the town of Newman in WA’s Pilbara region. Rio Tinto has awarded more than USD 60 million of work to local Pilbara Aboriginal businesses in recent months, with White Springs receiving the largest contract of all. It will require the company to develop the new Bea Bea Creek Quarry, which will be the first Indigenous-owned and operated quarry in Western Australia.

Rio Tinto confirmed the quarry had obtained the necessary approvals, and would supply ballast for 170km of railway line over a 20-month term.

White Springs director Paula White told Quarry the company had another quarry in Karratha. Once Bea Bea Creek was operational, both quarries would work in tandem to supply their respective ends of the extensive rail line.

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Wed, 21 Aug 2019
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