BHP Billiton’s Local Buying Program, launched in March this year, is off to a very strong start with work packages totalling more than $1.3 million issued in just four months.
The programme is aimed at increasing the number of work opportunities for local small to medium businesses that are capable of providing a range of goods and services to BHP Billiton’s Mt Arthur Coal mine.
BHP Billiton’s NSW Energy Coal Asset President, James Palmer, said the early success of the programme was pleasing and he encouraged more businesses to get involved.
“We place a strong emphasis on trying to source goods and services from the local communities in which we operate,” Mr Palmer said.
“The fact we’ve had such a strong response from the Upper Hunter, Muswellbrook and Singleton gives us every confidence this programme will continue to grow.”
A number of key outcomes have been recorded since the programme was launched:
- Work instructions for 21 packages of work have been issued
- The value of work issued so far is $1.36million
- The spread of work across the region is approximately Muswellbrook (62%), Singleton (33%) and Upper Hunter (5%)
The variety of goods and services is diverse – engineering, road construction, land rehabilitation, signage/decals, stationary, and hardware.