Ausco Modular and First Quantum Minerals’ Ltd. Australian subsidiary, Ravensthorpe Nickel Operation, has joined an impressive portfolio of energy and resources clients held by food and facilities management services company Sodexo Australia, with new contracts valued collectively at almost A$170 million.

Demonstrating capabilities across the east and west coast, Sodexo Australia (Sodexo) will support Ausco in four of their Stayover by Ausco villages, including Chinchilla, Dalby and Dysart in Queensland, and Kingfisher Village in Karratha, in Western Australia. 

Sodexo team at Stayover by Ausco Village

The First Quantum Minerals’ Ltd. (First Quantum) contract will see Sodexo placed at Ravensthorpe Nickel Operation (RNO) in the Esperance-Goldfield region of Western Australia.

A unique set of integrated services will be delivered to both companies, including accommodation and village management, catering, housekeeping, grounds maintenance, tavern and retail services, and health and recreation services.

Scott Whitehead, RNO General Manager, said:

“We look forward to seeing how Sodexo continues to improve our Ravensthorpe village and support our residents over the next three years.” 

Sodexo team at First Quantum Minerals village in the Esperance-Goldfield regionAs a top 10 producer of copper globally and holding significant interests in nickel, First Quantum’s appointment of Sodexo is a major win for the Australian team. 

Sodexo’s solution will see around 50 service workers support an average of 450 residents with everything from their dining, housekeeping, and accommodation experience, to events and activities to support on-site mental, dietary and physical health needs.

Roger Bradford, Ausco Executive General Manager – Western Region, said:

“Enhancing the experience for resources workers through lifestyle-focused workforce accommodation is a business imperative for us and a commitment shared by Sodexo. 

“A positive home-away-from-home experience sees workers operating with higher productivity and safety. From what we have seen, we’re confident in Sodexo’s ability to support us in this.” 

Sodexo is contracted for five years with Ausco and has employed around 150 service workers to the more than 1,000 residents who will be on-site at any given time. 

The contract includes the management of more than 2,200 beds across the four Stayover villages.

Keith Weston, Sodexo Australia Managing Director, said:

“We made the decision in 2021 to focus our efforts in Australia on our Energy & Resources portfolio and continue to build our integrated facilities management and food services for the country’s resources sector.

“Our contract wins with Ausco and First Quantum demonstrate how we’ve delivered on this promise as a result of our growing capability in the sector to tailor integrated service offerings to companies and a customer-centric experience to workers.

”I look forward to seeing our teams drive continual improvement on-site as we work towards a safer, respectful and inclusive resources industry for all.” 

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