Thursday 17th Oct, 2019

GFG Alliance awards major Whyalla bulk handling contract

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GFG Alliance has named a mining services company as the sole materials handling contractor for its Whyalla operations in South Australia.

Bis will perform a range of site services for GFG Alliance, including bulk materials handling, steel services, and scrap and slag processing.

Consolidating multiple materials-handling work packages into one contract is part of GFG Alliance’s strategy that aims to maximise the efficiency of its Whyalla operations, including its Liberty Primary Steel and SIMEC Mining businesses.

Liberty Primary Steel Acting Executive Managing Director, Jason Schell, said GFG Alliance was looking forward to the partnership and achieving a sustainable, long-term future with the company.

“This consolidated contract will result in significant cost savings for our business, while providing greater opportunities to optimise Bis’ assets and workforce across multiple work-fronts,” Schell said.

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As a result of the contract, Bis will hire 80 new employees for the extended scope of works.

Bis Chief Executive Officer, Brad Rogers, said the announcement demonstrated the strength of Bis’ relationship with the GFG Alliance and its proven record of delivering its customers with efficient solutions.

“I am delighted we have secured this strategically important contract and I look forward to working with GFG Alliance over the coming weeks to ensure a successful contract start up,” Rogers said.

“Bis have been proud to have worked closely with the GFG Alliance team since their acquisition of the Arrium steelworks in July 2017, which effectively secured more than 5500 jobs in the region.”