Rio Tinto has named Perth-based mining contractor NRW Holdings as its preferred earthmover for the next five years for the expansion of its Pilbara iron ore operations to 333 million tonnes per year.

NRW said in a statement that it had entered an earthworks framework agreement with Rio, which covers two streams of earthworks, Port and Western Pilbara, consisting of project-specific contracts for Rio's 333Mtpa expansion program.

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