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Pindan to build $45 million village for Rio Tinto’s Koodaideri

Pindan has won a $45 million contract to build a construction camp for Rio Tinto’s Koodaideri iron ore project.

Rio Tinto iron ore chief executive Chris Salisbury announced the win at a Mining Club lunch in Perth today.

The $US2.6 billion ($3.6 billion) Koodaideri project in the Pilbara was approved last week.

It will produce 43 million tonnes of iron ore a year starting in late 2021.

The Pindan contract involves the design and construction of the 780 room construction village in the Pilbara.

The first 252 rooms and supporting facilities will be constructed and then the balance of the rooms will be completed.

The project will create 150 jobs and be completed by June 2019.

Most buildings will be relocated from another camp.

Pindan has started refurbishing the buildings and the design of the camp is nearly complete.

Pindan Contracting managing director Tony Gerber said the company had completed over $270 million worth of work for Rio Tinto since 2011, including a 496-room project at the Yandicoogina mine site.

Pindan has constructed 14 accommodation villages in the Pilbara over the past eight years.

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