Civil and mining contractor NRW Holdings’ subsidiary NRW has signed a framework agreement with Rio Tinto‘s iron ore business for its Pilbara expansion programme in Western Australia.

The agreement places NRW as the preferred contractor over the upcoming five years for two streams of earthworks consisting of project-specific contracts as required by Rio Tinto.

The current agreement represents a formalisation of the ongoing long-term relationship between the two companies, NRW said.

The company will identify ways to maximise the efficiency of the plant and equipment fleet at Pilbara, where Rio Tinto plans to increase the capacity to 333Mtpa.