A significant contract for works at Rio Tinto’s West Angelas Mine has been awarded to Gumala Enterprises Pty Ltd (GEPL), delivering a huge boost to the company’s current project portfolio as well as providing job opportunities in the Pilbara.
The leading Indigenous contractor said more than 20 employees and Pilbara-based sub- contractors are required for this major contract including trainee Aboriginal plant operators.
GEPL, which has a workforce of over 30 per cent Indigenous employees, has already commenced recruiting supervisors, general hands and plant operators for the construction works located 110km north west of Newman which will commence this month.
The West Angelas contract – the single biggest contract win for GEPL in the past five years – comes on top of $15m worth of new projects won via competitive tenders in 2018.
GEPL Chief Executive Officer, Tim Larkin, said the company was continuing to build on its reputation as a strong, Pilbara-based contractor focussed on client delivery.
Over the past 12 months we have invested heavily in improving our processes and ontraining and development to take our offering to a new level,’ he said.
“We’ve also demonstrated through our performance that we have the experience andcapabilities to meet the needs and expectations of the major miners.
Mr Larkin said the West Angelas contract was another step forward in GEPL’s growth plan and would be the catalyst for further investment in new equipment and additional training.
“The outlook for 2019 is very positive and we are well placed to take on new projects and continue to diversify,” he said.
The West Angelas contract is due for completion in November 2019.
GEPL returns benefits to the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation serving the Banyjima, Innawonga and Nyiyaparli people of Western Australia’s Pilbara region.