Leading resource sector services company Sedgman Ltd. announced that the Thiess Sedgman Projects joint venture (TSP) has been awarded a A$64 million contract for the design and construction of a 7.5-million-metric-ton-per-year (mt/y) modular iron ore mine at Fortescue Metals Group Ltd.’s Solomon iron-ore mine in Western Australia.

The modular plant is an important element in Fortescue’s vision of operating the Solomon mine without the need for a new wet plant at the Firetail OPF. Sedgman CEO and Managing Director Peter Watson said the contract is the company’s first major iron-ore project and represents a significant and successful milestone in its diversification strategy.

“Sedgman and Thiess have an established track record of delivering coal process and materials handling projects over the last 12 years and we are excited to be able to broaden this relationship to the iron-ore sector,” Watson said. “The award of this contract followed an Early Contractor Involvement process and is testament to the process design and delivery capability that TSP was able to demonstrate to Fortescue.”