20 November 2020
On 10 March 2020, Rirratjingu Fuel Pty Ltd and Rio Tinto signed an extension of the contract for the supply and distribution of diesel fuel to Rio Tinto’s Gove bauxite operations and the Gove Peninsula region. The signing ceremony was held in the RAC Yirrkala offices and attended by the RAC Board and senior Rio Tinto management, with General Manager Gove Operations Alysia Tringrove signing the contract on behalf of Rio Tinto.
Rirratjingu Fuel is a 50/50 joint venture between Cambridge Gulf Limited (CGL) and the Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation (RAC) and has been importing and distributing fuel on the Gove peninsular since 2012 with 79 shipments delivering 310M litres to date.
This contract extension will see Rirratjingu Fuel continue to supply Rio Tinto with diesel fuel over the next five years and is a significant milestone for all parties involved. The joint venture is CGL’s first significant indigenous partnership with traditional owners and has laid the foundations for other joint ventures and business initiatives with traditional owners across northern Australia. The contract extension validates Rio Tinto’s commitment to delivering sustainable economic opportunities to traditional owners and is particularly significant given that the provision of a reliable and economical fuel supply into such a remote location is critical both to the mining operation and the community.