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Rio Tinto plans A$70M upgrade of bulk handling facilities at Dampier port

Rio Tinto said Aug. 4 that it plans to spend about A$70 million to upgrade its bulk handling facilities at the Dampier port in Western Australia.

The project includes manufacturing, installing and commissioning three replacement stackers and associated equipment.

Design and fabrication work is expected to begin in 2018, with installation and commissioning anticipated in late 2020.

The company will source 97% of labor for the project from Western Australia, with three quarters of the heavy machinery to be wholly made within Australia. The project is expected to create up to 150 local jobs, including 30 jobs based in the Pilbara region to prepare the site and install the equipment.

ThyssenKrupp AG unit Thyssenkrupp Australia will manufacture, assemble and fabricate the stackers required for the refurbishment before transporting the 1,860 tonnes of stacker weight to the Pilbara.

The move is part of the miner's commitment to build on the 77% of supply spend attributed to West Australian suppliers.