Rio Tinto hands out 100th work package to Pilbara business

Rio Tinto’s procurement award programme, focused on local businesses in the Pilbara region in Western Australia, has handed out its 100th work package to Baru Group
Rio Tinto hands out 100th work package to Pilbara business Rio Tinto hands out 100th work package to Pilbara business Rio Tinto hands out 100th work package to Pilbara business Rio Tinto hands out 100th work package to Pilbara business Rio Tinto hands out 100th work package to Pilbara business

Rio Tinto has a network of 16 iron ore mines, four independent port terminals, a rail line and related infrastructure in the Pilbara

The miner kicked off the programme in May 2017 via an online portal that encourages regional suppliers to be a part of its supply chain.

Indigenous-owned civil and concrete construction group Baru will upgrade stackers and conveyors at Rio Tinto's Brockman 2 operation, including earthworks and a structural upgrade to the stacker rail sleepers and conveyor foundations.

Baru is expected to complete the project by the end of this year.

"The [work award] programme is gaining momentum, and we have now received more than 3,000 expressions of interest from suppliers for work published on the online platform, the Local Procurement Portal," Rio Tinto iron ore managing director for Pilbara mines Stefan Buys said.

"Rio Tinto aims to make a significant contribution to our local communities by making sure we provide opportunities for local businesses to benefit from our activities. Our procurement practices, and those of our contractors, help sustain many Western Australian and Pilbara-based businesses."