Rio Tinto Approved Contractor Status

filler 1 May 2012

PBA has made a large step forward in the Australian high voltage electricity market by gaining Approved Contractor Status with Rio Tinto.

This accreditation acknowledges PBA’s entrance into Australia and sets a precedent for future growth in providing technical services to the entire Australasian region.

The Pilbara region in Western Australia supplies 15% of the worlds iron ore production of 1.59 billion tonnes. PBA’s technical specialists have recently been at Rio Tinto’s Tom Price mine which produces 28 million tonnes of high grade iron ore annually. It has a workforce of 1500 who are based in the nearby town of Tom Price.

PBA was engaged to provide specialist technical knowledge on various equipment including two 20MVA transformer tap changers and associated equipment at the Tom Price mine. PBA specialists also assisted Rio Tinto with a circuit breaker mechanism box replacement.

During the visit to Western Australia the temperatures reached into the early forties in the shade. These extreme conditions in an isolated location provide an appreciation as to why stringent health & safety accreditation is required for Rio Tinto’s contractors. The outside working conditions in Western Australia have also given our specialists a new respect for the classic Aussie wave. 

PBA’s “Service & Delivery” model, backed by systems and policies certified to industry standards, is developing the relationship with Rio Tinto, particularly in the Pilbara region.