Thiess awarded $135 million Iron Ore Project

Essen, (PresseBox) - Thiess makes a return to iron ore mining by securing a $135 million three-year contract with Western Desert Resources at its Roper Bar Project, a remote greenfield iron ore mine in the Northern Territory.

Thiess has been working with Western Desert Resources for some time, providing on the ground mobilisation and project support since November 2013. The contract commences on 13 January 2014 with Thiess leading the mining operations.

Thiess Managing Director Bruce Munro said he was delighted to be returning to mining in the region.

"Our offering to Western Desert Resources is based on our ability to provide both safe and efficient operations to our client," he said.

"We are very pleased with the flexible relationship that's been developed and look forward to a successful and long-term partnership."

Leighton Holdings Chief Executive Officer Hamish Tyrwhitt said it was pleasing for the Group to continue expanding its mining operations.

"The Leighton Group's ability to deliver value to our mining clients is further demonstrated with Thiess'

success at Roper Bar," Mr Tyrwhitt said.

Central to the relationship developed between Thiess and Western Desert Resources is a joint vision and commitment to providing opportunities to Indigenous Australians.

Thiess' Executive General Manager of Australian Mining Michael Wright said the focus from the very outset was to ensure both parties worked together to deliver optimal outcomes for local communities.

"We have a shared strategy with Western Desert Resources to offer Indigenous Australians training and employment opportunities, and this includes a partnership with Rusca Bros Mining, which has a well-established connection with local communities," Mr Wright said.

The Roper Bar Iron Ore Project is located approximately 600 kilometres south-east of Darwin, with iron ore to be exported from the Bing Bong loading facility.

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