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Brierty wins Rio Tinto contract

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Brierty has won a $300 million contract for work at Rio Tinto’s Western Turner Syncline Stage 2 project.

The work, which will run for four and a half years, is for both mining and civil work at the site, will mobilise later this month.

This time last year Rio announced it was looking to double the site's output to 32 million tonnes of iron ore per annum.

Brierty has also signed an agreement with Aboriginal partners the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Foundation, Karlayura Construction Services, and Eastern Guruma, to work on the contract.

Peter McBain, Brierty’s managing director, said the co-operation agreement signed with these Indigenous groups was important to the contractor as it will provide sustainable business partnerships and working relationships with Pilbara Aboriginal businesses.

“I am extremely pleased that we’ve been able to achieve a four-way agreement with our Indigenous partners to deliver this contract,” McBain said.

He went on to say that “Brierty has been working very hard to secure additional contract mining work to build on the capability we have demonstrated with efficient and safe hematite mining and ore processing at the Karara project.

“With the mining portion of our works at Karara complete, the Rio Tinto contract provides a source of long term revenue in addition to other long term contracts, such as the Zuccoli development in the Northern Territory, and ongoing smaller civil contracts.”

This latest contract is the fifth won by Brierty from Rio since 2012, with previous works including the Wickham area, West Angelas, and Brockman.

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