Watching for Jobs at the Robe Valley Sustaining Project – WA

Watching for Jobs at the Robe Valley Sustaining Project – WA

In the ‘Watching for jobs …….’ 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 Robe Valley Sustaining Project – WA

Quick Facts:

  • Robe River JV is 53 per cent owned by Rio Tinto, 33 per cent Mitsui and 14 per cent Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal.
  • Project scope approx > $500 million
  • Project now in feasibility study.
  • Proposed project includes:
    • Haul roads connecting existing facilities (including a bridge over existing rail line);
    • Additional production support infrastructure and modifications to existing processing infrastructure;
    • wet processing facility;
    • waste fines storage facility;
    • water supply infrastructure;
    • extending existing communications infrastructure;
    • power supply upgrades (including 15km of overhead power line);
    • non-process infrastructure (heavy vehicle workshop, tyre change, wash-down and refuelling facilities);
    • temporary construction accommodation;
    • and upgrading existing facilities in Pannawonica town (to support ongoing mining operations).
  • Located in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.
  • If approved construction is expected to start in 2019.
  • Expected to provide up to 800 jobs during construction and be competed by 2021.


Occupations Potentially Required for the Robe Valley Sustaining Project – WA

A construction job like this will usually require:

  • Mobile Plant Operators / Truck Drivers
  • Crane Operators
  • Electrical / Instrumentation Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Metal Trades
  • Building Trades/Formworkers
  • Steelfixers/Concretors
  • Scaffolders
  • Riggers
  • Doggers
  • Labourer / Trades Assistant
  • Peggy’s /Cleaning Staff
  • Health & Safety
  • Supervisors

Qualifications that may help you get a foot in at the Robe Valley Sustaining Project – WA

Companies / Organisations Involved with the Robe Valley Sustaining Project – WA

Note: As we are made aware of further contracts being awarded we will update this article.

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Robe Valley Sustaining Project 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.

We are yet to find any EBA’s for this project. As we find any EBA’s they will be added to this article.

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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