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QLD suppliers bag over $900m in contracts for Rio Tinto's Amrun Project

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Posted by Monica Gameng

More than $900 million in contracts has been awarded to Queensland suppliers for the development of Rio Tinto’s Amrun bauxite project in Cape York.

Approximately 509 Queensland businesses have been engaged directly and indirectly to supply services and good for the project.

“Rio Tinto’s significant investment in local and regional suppliers will provide a tremendous boost to the economy of Queensland.

“The Amrun project will ensure Queensland businesses and their employees will continue to reap the benefits of many development opportunities for years to come,” said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

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For businesses bidding for contracts worth more than $1 million, they must complete a Local and Indigenous Participation Plan as part of the procurement process. Contractors, once awarded a contract, must report on how their businesses are performing against their commitment.

Currently, there have been over 1,600 people engaged by contractors to work on the project where 77 per cent of those contracted are from Queensland – 70 per cent are new hires.

“Sustainability is crucial to this project and strict guidelines are in place for all suppliers.

“They must demonstrate they are commercially competitive, technically competent and most importantly, align with the safety standards of our group,” said Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques.

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Source: Rio Tinto

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

PlantMiner's Marketing Assistant who is a chocoholic, beach lover, frustrated photographer, animal lover and techie marketeer.