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Local contractor wins biggest ever local buying tender at metal mine

BHP local buying program
BHP local buying program

An Indigenous Australian contracting and mining services company has been awarded the largest single contract through a local buying plan.

Gumala Enterprise recently secured a tender to perform support work at BHP’s Yandi Iron Ore Mine, 353km south of Port Hedland in Western Australia.

The deal involved sorting and stockpiling rock armour produced on-site to support the construction of flood protection bunds. QMEB can reveal the contract, which was awarded through BHP’s new Local Buying Program, was worth up to US$2 million (A$2.87 million) and created about 20 jobs.

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Supplier registrations open

The program is delivered through C-Res, which is a full procurement-to-pay portal allowing small, local and eligible businesses to engage with BHP for direct competitive contracting opportunities worth up to $US2 million.

Click here to register as a supplier: app.c-res.com.au/register/supplier/3

Gumala Enterprises represents the Banjima, Nyiyaparli and Yinhawangka people in Tom Price. BHP was pleased to give the work to locals.

“Our project team identified an opportunity to ‘carve out’ a section from our larger Yandi project to create a direct opportunity for a local contractor, via the BHP Local Buying Program,” BHP superintendent projects, contracts and procurement (mines) Fintan McDermott said in a public statement.

More opportunities are available

More opportunities are available through the local buying program: c-res.com.au

“It’s fantastic to see Aboriginal Traditional Owner businesses working on their country and we hope to see many more opportunities like these across our sites,” BHP head of strategy, community and planning Phil Jefferys said. “BHP’s Local Buying Program is proving itself to be an effective tool, which allows our teams to be proactive and innovative when it comes to sourcing and supporting local and Indigenous businesses.”

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