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Suppliers hoping to win contracts at Roy Hill iron project
16/07/2012 - Hundreds of companies hoping to win contracts on Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill iron ore project were clamouring to hear how they could improve their chances during recent roadshows.
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In the past week, Hancock Prospecting attracted about 800 people to sessions around Western Australia aimed at assisting suppliers and contractors to bid for work on the multibillion dollar project.
A Roy Hill spokesman said 120 people attended the Port Hedland session and 60 turned up for the Newman session.
While registrations for the Perth session were capped at 500, more than 600 people attended.
The spokesman told reporters the roadshow was about opening up a dialogue with local companies, providing them with updates on the project to assist their tenders for work.
While Hancock Prospecting has been lashed by unions for securing the first of the federal government's enterprise migration agreements (EMAs), US-based oil and gas giant Chevron has borne the brunt of union ire over the small number of contracts it has awarded to Australian companies for its huge Gorgon liquid natural gas project in WA.
Chevron has indicated that local content levels will be much higher during operational phases than during construction.
Separately on Friday, outspoken federal independent MP Bob Katter told Fairfax radio that Hancock Prospecting's pledge to spend $26 million training workers was a "small price to pay" for Rinehart's EMA.
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