Majority owned Aboriginal business wins $350 million contract from Fortescue

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A majority owned Aboriginal business in Western Australia has secured a record $350 million contract under Fortescue’s Aboriginal procurement program, Billion Opportunities.

Following a competitive tender process, Warrikal has been selected as one of the providers of maintenance and shutdown services across Fortescue’s Pilbara operations.

Warrikal was established in 2017 by Koori businesswoman Amanda Healy and her business partners Roy Messer and David Flett.

The company, which provides innovative engineering solutions across the mining, marine and resource sectors, has been providing mechanical maintenance, shutdown and project services across Fortescue’s sites over the past three years.

Fortescue CEO Elizabeth Gaines said five-year, $350 million contract awarded to Warrikal was the single largest contract under the company’s Billion Opportunities program, which has awarded over $3 billion in contracts to Aboriginal businesses and joint ventures since its inception in 2011.

“I am pleased to announce this significant contract with Warrikal, the largest to be awarded by Fortescue and also among the biggest contracts to be awarded in Australia to a majority owned Aboriginal business,” Ms Gaines said.

“Fortescue is committed to supporting sustainable long-term opportunities for Aboriginal businesses.”

Warrikal CEO Amanda Healy said the contract would strengthen the Company’s longstanding relationship with Fortescue.

“We look forward to further developing our relationship over coming years, continuing to grow our operational footprint in the North West of Western Australia and strengthening our long-term commitment to the region and the communities in which we operate,” Ms Healy said.

“The award of this contract and the continual business growth is a testament to our amazing personnel and our reputation for delivering ‘Innovative Engineering Solutions’ across multiple disciplines, whilst maintaining a high standard of safety and quality as a true reflection of each and every Warrikal team member.”

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