In the ‘How to get a job at …….’ series we are going to be running over Australian Mining and Construction projects all over the country. In each post we will include an Overview of the project, a Location Profile, the Companies involved, the Occupations required, the skills / qualifications that will help you to get your foot in the door and the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements. This will help you to stay in the loop and know how to skill up where needed. The aim is to help you get yourself into the best position to land a start on the major sites and projects around Australia.
About the Roy Hill Project
The 55 million tonne per annum (Mtpa) Roy Hill Project is the next iron ore mining, rail & port project to be developed in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. It is a world-class, low phosphorus, Marra Mamba iron ore deposit located in the Pilbara – one of the world’s premier iron ore provinces – and the only independent iron ore project with West Australian majority ownership.
Situated approximately 115 kilometres north of Newman, the Roy Hill Project lies on the flat plains at the eastern end of the Chichester Range.
The Roy Hill Project has a defined mineralisation of more than 2.4 billion tonnes of +55% Fe iron ore, enough to sustain a mine life of more than 20 years, with Roy Hill aiming to load its first shipment of ore for export by 2015.
To support mine construction and operations, Roy Hill will construct and operate an airport, well equipped, modern workforce accommodation for 3,600 construction workers and approximately 2,000 operational staff and contractors, site access roads, and mining and processing support facilities.
The geology of the Roy Hill deposit lends itself to a conventional open pit, drill and blast, truck and excavator bulk mining method from multiple production benches. The bulk of the overburden and waste produced from mining activities will be dumped into the previously mined out pit voids.
The processing plant for the Roy Hill project will utilise low risk, proven technology and will be the largest single feed processing plant in the region.
A 344 kilometre single line, heavy haul railway will be constructed to transport the processed iron ore from the Roy Hill Mine, to a dedicated port stockyard facility located to the south of Port Hedland.
The independently owned and operated Roy Hill railway will operate five ore trains per day, each consisting of three locomotives hauling 232 ore cars with a total payload of 31,450 tonnes of ore.
Roy Hill’s purpose built iron ore port facility at Port Hedland will be constructed to receive, stockpile, screen and export 55Mtpa (wet) of direct shipped iron ore as lump and fines and will be designed to accommodate future expansion.
The wharf has been designed to accommodate an average vessel size of 206,000 tonnes, but is capable of handling larger 320,000 tonne cape size vessels.
Occupations Required at the Roy Hill Project
- Electrical Trades
- Mechanical Trades
- Building Trades
- Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver
- Cleaning and Catering Staff
- Crane Operators
- Labourer / Trades Assistant
- Metal Trades
- Health & Safety
Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Roy Hill Project
- Relevant Trade Qualifications and / or WA Licences
- Occupational Health and Safety – Construction Induction (White Card)
- Australian Drivers Licences
- High Risk Work Licence for any required plant, eg. EWP, Forklifts, Mobile Crane, Loaders.
- Safely Working at Heights – for EWP workers
- Ability to pass Medical including Drug and Alcohol screening
- Dogging/Rigging/Scaffolding tickets
- CPR and First Aid Certificate
Companies Involved with the Roy Hill Project
Samsung C&T – Has been entrusted with the EPC contract to build an iron ore processing plant and transportation facilities such as a railway and a port ($10B).
Click here to go through to Samsung C&T website.
John Holland – Awarded the contract for the construction of 350klm heavy haulage railway track. Commence in October 2013 and run for 2 years, 270 people required ($257M).
Click here to go through to John Holland website.
Brookfield Multiplex – Awarded the contracts for the construction of non-processing infrastructure and 2,000 room accomodation village, ($260M).
Click here to go through to Brookfield Multiplx website.
Forge Group & Duro Felguera joint venture – Awarded the contract for EPC works at the Roy Hill iron ore mine ($1.47B). Work is set to commence in December and expected to finish September 2015, employing 1300 people.
Click here to go through to Forge Group website.
Decmil – Awarded the contract for rail terminal buildings and port landside infrastructure ($71M). Expected to commence in 2014 although start date hasn’t been announced.
– Awarded the design and construct contract for diesel fuel infrastructure consisting of building the rail fuel yard, mine fuel yard, mine services fuel, go-line facility, and rail wet commissioning.
Click here to go through to Decmil website.
McConnell Dowell – Awarded the Engineering, Puecurement and Construction contract for Package 4 Port Marine Works, consisting of a two berth iron ore load out wharf, approximately 3600m long overland conveyor to the stockyard. Work also includes an abutment, a drive station, three transfer stations and all SMPE&I.
Click here to go through to McConnell Dowell website.
Thiess – Awarded the contract to construct the mine process plant facilities. The contract includes construction of the structural, mechanical, piping, electrical and instrumentation works (SMPEI) which are being designed and supplied by Samsung.
Click here to go through to Thiess website.
Other potential employers can be seen below in the list of EBA’s.
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Location Profile – Port Hedland, Karratha & Pilbara
Port Hedland, Newman, Ningaloo Reef, Onslow, Karratha, Millstream Chichester National Park, Dampier, Mackeral Islands, Tom Price, Pilbara, Karijini National Park, Marble Bar, Rudall River National Park, Iron Ore, Rail, Port, Natural Gas, Salt, Manganese, Fishing, Snorkelling, Diving, 4×4, Skate parks, Tennis, Cricket, Soccer, Hockey, AFL, Swimming, Gorges, Hiking, Boating, Adventure
Population: 48,610 (2010) ABS
Pilbara Region – Rents as at Jan 2012
2 Bed 1 Bath – $950 – $1600
3 Bed 1 Bath – $1100 – $ 2300
4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 1450 – $ 3000
Pilbara Region – House Prices as at Jan 2012
2 Bed 1 Bath – $310,000 – $759,000
3 Bed 1 Bath – $395,000 – $1.150,000
4 Bed 2 Bath – $490,000 – $2.700,000
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Interstate Licence Recognition
A helpful tool to finding out whether your trade qualification needs mutual recognition when working interstate.
Check out the Cribhut Daily post – Thinking about Working Interstate – Licence Recognition
Roy Hill Project Union Greenfields Enterprise Bargaining Agreements
An Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) is a collective industrial agreement between either an employer and a trade union acting on behalf of employees or an employer and employees acting for themselves.
Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide. Like most things in life, there are no guarantees. Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.
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