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Mining projects in Australia attracting skilled overseas workers

by Ray Clancy on April 24, 2014

in Australia, Australia Immigration, General Information, Jobs in Australia

One of Australia’s largest mining projects is attracting hundreds of applicants for certain positions and also proving popular with skilled overseas workers.

The Roy Hill iron ore mining, rail and port project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia has received more than 5,500 applications for work since December, according to chief executive Barry Fitzgerald.

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The construction phase taking place until 2015 will require some 8,500 temporary construction jobs to be filled

There are currently 2,500 people working on the project and this is set to peak at 3,600 later this year. Once construction is complete there will be 2,000 permanent staff.

“The project has strong partners with international experience in finance, engineering, construction, marketing and logistics which has assisted in the attraction of support from the international financial community,” said Georgina Hope Rinehart, Roy Hill chairman.

“Roy Hill is a crucible of opportunity during a period of global uncertainty. It has already shown it will create new jobs, and benefit the greater mining and construction related industries, it will add to Australia’s exports, and significantly benefit our West Australian and national economy,” she pointed out.

“We look forward to becoming a major iron ore producer on an international scale, and thank our partners for their steadfast support for this major Australian project,” she added.

The employment opportunities that are available for the Roy Hill Project, fall into two distinct categories, construction and operational. During the construction phase which is taking place until 2015, some 8,500 temporary construction jobs will need to be filled, while during the operational phase of the project from 2015 around 2,000 permanent Australian jobs will be created.

Fitzgerald said that it is important to note that most employment opportunities for the construction phase of the project will not be directly offered by Roy Hill, instead they will be recruited by major contracting firms.

While construction on the mine site has already begun it is expected that this will accelerate in the next six to 12 months when large scale contractors begin to ramp up their work on the mine and associated infrastructure.

ëWe have set an ambitious, but achievable timeline for development of the project, because the sooner construction is finished, the sooner the production phase will commence, which will lead to the creation of a considerable number of full time, permanent jobs,í explained Fitzgerald.

“During the operational phase of the project, Roy Hill will be offering a broad range of fly in fly out, regional residential and Perth based employment opportunities,” he added.

Meanwhile, Fortescue has officially opened its 40 million tonne per annum Kings Valley iron ore mine in the Pilbara.

“It marks one of the most important milestones in Fortescue’s history. We announced a major expansion of our port, rail, and mining operations in November 2010 and set ourselves the ambitious target of completing the projects by June 2014,” said chairman Andrew Forrest.

Australian mining giant BHP Billiton has also opened its latest project, the Jimblebar iron ore mine, 40 kilometres east of Newman in Western Australia.

“This project demonstrates BHP Billiton’s ongoing confidence in the strength of Western Australia’s iron ore industry,” said Western Australiaís Premier Colin Barnett.

BHP Billiton is also planning to build what would be Australia’s biggest underground coal mine near Gunnedah in the Liverpool Plains region of northern New South Wales.

The firm says that the Caroona underground mine could export 10 million tonnes per year of high quality thermal coal with production starting as early as 2021 and would run for 30 years with 600 workers during construction and 400 operating jobs.

 

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