Rio Tinto has awarded a contract worth close to $30 million to Onsite Rental Group to provide ancillary and light mobile equipment over the next three years.
Onsite will provide on the ground support through its regional offices in Karratha, Tom Price, Newman, Port Hedland and its office in Perth.
The equipment will support maintenance activities across Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s Pilbara mines and coastal operations and includes access platforms, telehandlers, lighting towers and generators.
Onsite has committed to providing local employment opportunities, boosting Indigenous engagement, delivering apprenticeships and training, as well as establishing diversity programmes.
Rio Tinto Iron Ore managing director of supply chain services Ivan Nella congratulated Onsite for winning the contract.
“Onsite is committed to employing local people and will provide ongoing training and development for their Pilbara-based employees,” he said.
“Rio Tinto’s procurement practices, and those of our contractors, play a significant role in the creation of sustainable and resilient communities, including job opportunities for local people, which ultimately benefits the communities where we operate.”
Onsite managing director Mike Foureur said the company was planning to increase local employment, particularly for service technicians based out of Newman and Tom Price, to service the contract.
“Our relationship with Rio Tinto is long standing and we are excited to build on this foundation, through a collaborative and cohesive partnership approach,” he said.
“We will work closely with Rio Tinto to align, commit and grow local content and Indigenous participation through partnering and supplier opportunities within the Pilbara region.”