Under the $40m contract, which is scheduled to commence from early April, Viento will provide the said services at the NJV for two years.

The contract will extend Viento’s presence into contract mining and processing, and follows recent completion of Outcamp 4 and 5 haul road at NJV.

Viento executive director John Silverthorne said: "This project will enable VCS to use its capabilities in materials processing, providing the complete service including running the continuous miners, loading, hauling, crushing and screening of the ore.

"We look forward to a safe and successful project and to build on our partnership with BC Iron."

Located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, NJV is a 75/25 joint venture between BC Iron and Fortescue Metals.

BC Iron oversees operations at the NJV, while Fortescue is responsible for export of iron ore and marketing services.

The project produces up to six million tons of iron ore a year.