Veolia joint venture awarded major Rio Tinto contract

Rio Tinto and North West Alliance (NWA), a 50/50 joint venture between Indigenous organisation Our Country and Veolia, have entered into a strategic partnership through the award of a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract to support Rio Tinto's world-class iron ore mining and port operations in the region.

NWA will provide waste management services across Rio Tinto’s 16 mine sites and two ports in the Pilbara. NWA will provide integrated waste management services covering five areas; recyclables, site services, general hazardous waste, hydrocarbon waste and non-hazardous general waste.

Marc Churchin, Group General Manager - WA said, "The Rio Tinto integrated waste management contract continues our steady growth in the resources markets in the North West and is another great leap in ensuring the sustainability of our business within the WA industrial landscape."

Simplifying Rio Tinto's waste management services through consolidating to a single supplier will improve logistical efficiency, reduce associated environmental impacts, and further drive the focus on safety performance.

A key feature of Rio Tinto’s partnership with NWA is a commitment to drive local content through the creation of new opportunities for Pilbara Aboriginal people as well as Pilbara businesses. NWA is targeting 40 per cent Pilbara Aboriginal employment in 2018, increasing to 50 per cent in 2019. NWA has committed to a target of a 100 per cent Pilbara residential workforce by 2020. 

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Veolia Australia and New Zealand (Veolia) is the region’s only environmental solutions organisation with specific capabilities across water and wastewater treatment, energy management, waste and resource recovery services, and industrial cleaning and facilities maintenance services. Veolia employs over 4000 employees and operates across more than 240 locations within the region.

About Veolia Global:
Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With nearly 169 000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions which contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them.

In 2017, the Veolia group supplied 96 million people with drinking water and 62 million people with wastewater service, produced nearly 55 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 47 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €25.12 billion in 2017.