Fortescue Metals Group has awarded a Major Component Overhaul and Replacement Services (MCORS) contract to three Port Hedland based contractors, resulting in 17 full time, local jobs and positive outcomes for supply chain and infrastructure investment in the Pilbara.
Local service providers Force Equipment, WesTrac and Komatsu were jointly awarded a $35 million service contract to conduct maintenance on Fortescue’s heavy mobile equipment in Port Hedland. Previously, the vehicles and machinery were transported to Perth for repairs, a 3,200 kilometre return trip.
Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Gaines said, “Fortescue is committed to creating economic opportunities in the Pilbara through engagement with regionally based businesses and supporting local jobs.”
“Thriving businesses are fundamental to the economic prosperity of our communities and basing the maintenance of our heaving mobile equipment in Port Hedland is a very practical, common sense approach that has significant benefits for our community.”
“Last financial year, 6 per cent of our procurement spend was with local Pilbara businesses and for more than 10 years we’ve proudly supported local organisations involved in initiatives, activities and events in the Pilbara through our community grants program,” Ms Gaines said.
Town of Port Hedland Mayor, Camilo Blanco, said he was “pleased Fortescue has awarded their MCORS contract to three Hedland based businesses, helping to support local jobs for local residents.”
“Our focus as a Town has been on ensuring job creation first and foremost benefits the future prospects of locals, and particularly our young people,” Mr Blanco said.
Force Equipment, Westrac and Komatsu each have a longstanding presence in the Pilbara and have collectively invested over $20 million in local infrastructure and purpose-built facilities to deliver the services and spend $15 million per year with local suppliers.