Fortescue and ICN WA committed to supporting local suppliers

With news earlier this year that Fortescue Metals Group’s (Fortescue) Board of Directors approved the development of Eliwana, a new mine and rail project in the Pilbara, ICN WA is providing its ICN Gateway platform and vendor identification services to assist Fortescue with their Australian Industry Participation Plan.

Under the plan, Fortescue is communicating the project and engaging with the Australian supplier community.

A supplier briefing was held in Perth in late November and packages are being rolled out on Gateway as the project progresses.

“It’s about communicating opportunities, enabling suppliers to register their expression of interest (EOI) against the scope of works and ICN WA providing a Report to Fortescue on suppliers who submit an EOI,” ICN WA’s Linus O’Brien said.

“When packages go up on Gateway, a scope of works document is uploaded. Suppliers registering their interest are required to complete a Fortescue document requesting capability and experience information. Once this is completed their EOI can be submitted”.

ICN WA expects there to be ongoing opportunities as Fortescue’s contracts and procurement go through their process.

“What we would hope to do, building on our our work on the major packages, is to work with successful major contractors identifying subcontractors,” Linus said, adding that this activity is in line with Fortescue’s commitment to supporting local communities, and the engagement of local and Indigenous vendors.

The Eliwana Project involves the development of a new mine and associated infrastructure at Fortescue’s Eliwana Site, about 90km west of the town of Tom Price in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. 

This project is expected to create up to 1,900 jobs during construction and 500 full-time on-site jobs once operational, boosting the local and state economies.

Production at the new mine is expected to begin in December 2020 and will produce 30 million tonnes of iron ore per annuum.

The US $1.275 billion Eliwana project will include establishing: 

  • a new ore processing facility with capacity up to 30 million tonnes a year
  • non-process infrastructure such as camps, telecommunications networks, electricity, water, sewage and wastewater facilities, and
  • 143 km of new rail infrastructure to connect Fortescue’s existing Hamersley line to Port Hedland.

Suppliers wishing to be updated about upcoming opportunities with the development of the Eliwana project are encouraged to register their interest on ICN Gateway.