Rio Tinto

Industrial cleaning services adapted to local challenges

Veolia secures equipment cleaning contact at Rio Tinto in New South Wales.


Australia, Veolia


Australia is the world’s leading coal exporter, with black coal being the country’s second-highest trade commodity.
Rio Tinto’s coal operations, namely Hunter Valley Operations and Mount-Thorley-Warkworth located in New South Wales, produce the majority of coking coal for steel production, as well as thermal coal for electricity generation globally.
Coal is washed and loaded onto trains, where it is then transported 90km to the Port Waratah coal terminal, and consequently shipped to international customers. To ensure this remains a smooth process, Veolia has partnered with Rio Tinto to provide industrial cleaning services such as: the operation of wash bays for clean down of coal haulage trucks, cleaning large mobile equipment such as draglines, face shovels, excavators and drilling equipment, as well as the cleaning of both mines’ coal preparation plants.



Heavy industries within Australia and New Zealand face a number of challenges which need to be addressed. In order for profitability to remain, safety standards to be upheld and communities to be engaged, Veolia aims to partner with our clients to address these challenges, providing tailored, high quality solutions that are innovative and sustainable.

Doug Dean
Managing Director, Veolia Australia and New Zealand. 


"Mining and heavy industry within Australia is facing an increasing number of challenges such as enlarged costs, uncertain commodity demands, investment and external competition. We remain committed to partnering with our clients to address their unique issues.”


Key figure

  • Approximately 22 million tonnes of thermal and semi soft coking coal per annum. 


Customer benefits  

  • Holistic environmental solution


  • Holistic cleaning services and facilities maintenance.


A 10-year Master Services Agreement

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