Rio Tinto rail renewal contract awarded to major firm

The world’s second largest mining company Rio Tinto awarded a five-year contract for their rail renewal services to a long-term infrastructure partner.

Downer has provided contract work for the mining corporation over a number of years, including tyre management and track construction projects.

Rail renewal is a new service Downer have been offered with options to extend the contract for a further five years, into 2029.

Executive General Manager of Downer’s Infrastructure Projects Mark Mackay said he is pleased to expand the Rio Tinto partnership and grow relationships with local suppliers, contractors and the community.

“This new work will see us set a target of 35 per cent local content, including partnerships with local business to develop a Pilbara rail workshop facility as well as the delivery of rail training to improve the skills and capability of local suppliers,” Mr. Mackay said.

General Manager of Rail Maintenance at Rio Tinto Iron Ore Matt Baartz said that Downer are the preferred supplier for their inland renewals.

“Downer has a strong safety record and has performed well over a sustained period of time working across Rio Tinto,” Mr. Baartz said.

Work on the rail services contract has already begun with the contract up for renewal in 2024.


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