A Guide to NRW Contracting & Their Major Projects

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NRW Contracting – formerly BGC Contracting – is a mining, earthworks and civil construction contractor owned by NRW holdings as of 2019. They also provide shutdown maintenance and industrial engineering services with their subsidiary DIAB Engineering.  As a contractor, NRW Contracting sells its services to mining and construction companies to work on projects. Their previous clients include Rio Tinto, BHP, Newcrest and more.

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NRW's history operating in Australia

BGC Contracting was established in 1972, then acquired by Len Buckeridge in 1992. Len Buckeridge was a trained architect and owner of the Buckeridge Group, the third largest home builder in Australia. Buckeridge was the 19th richest Australian in 2014, leaving his family a $2.5 billion estate when he died at the age of 77. After his children contested his estate in the Supreme Court, they decided to sell his companies, including BGC Contracting.

BGC – now NRW Contracting - is still headquartered in Perth, WA, where it runs three different business groups: mining, construction, and DIAB Engineering. It’s capabilities in mining include pre-strip, open cut mining, drill and blast, load and haul, crushing and processing, mine site rehabilitation and mine site infrastructure.

In construction it can perform in the public, water and transport infrastructure, non-process infrastructure, earthworks, civil concrete, energy and resources sectors. DIAB Engineering specialises in shutdown maintenance, structural, mechanical and piping, equipment hire, offsite repairs, processing plant upgrades and fabrication in the resources sector.

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NRW's fleet and locations

NRW Contracting’s fleet included 200 equipment items at the time of purchase and a workforce of approximately 2,300 people. Their mining and construction arms work in Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. DIAB Engineering works in Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. They are worth $1.2 billion, $0.3 billion and $50 million, respectively.

NRW's revenue sources

In 2020, over 75% of NRW Contracting’s revenue comes from Western Australia and New South Wales, and nearly 75% from mining iron, coal, and managing mine infrastructure alone. They have offices in Perth, Geraldton, Karratha and Kalgoorlie in WA, Hunter Valley in NSW, Whyalla in SA, Brisbane in QLD and Melbourne in VIC. Their most longstanding relationship is with SIMEC Mining, with contract renewal options being considered for 2022 and a mine site with an estimated life up to 2031.

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NRW Holdings is integrating NRW Contracting into their existing ‘NRW Mining’ business, while DIAB Engineering will continue as a standalone brand under NRW Holdings’ ‘Mining Technologies’ branch.

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