Roy Hill boss Barry Fitzgerald says the iron ore producer will be looking to recruit another 500-600 mineworkers over the next 18 months as the company ramps up its Pilbara operations.
Roy Hill currently employs about 1300 workers across its Pilbara port, rail and mine operations, and at its Perth Airport Headquarters. As its Pilbara peers again look to slice their own workforces, with Rio currently running a process to axe 500, Mr Fitzgerald said Roy Hill was still recruiting.
“The state of play for us is that we commenced in the north of our deposit, where the ore is closer to the surface,” he said. “As we ramp up production to 55 million tonnes a year we will move further into the ore body and the strip ratio will increase and we will need to move more tonnes.
“So we’ve probably got another 500-600 people to recruit as we move to full rate.” Roy Hill had previously pushed back its December 30 target to hit its full 55 million-tonne-a-year run rate but Mr Fitzgerald said yesterday the ramp-up process was still going well.
He said Roy Hill had agreed practical project completion with its lenders earlier this month, with the only remaining milestone being final completion — likely to be contingent on running the project at design capacity for an agreed period.
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