BHP trusts CIMIC for Port Hedland debottlenecking

Port Hedland

BHP has chosen a CIMIC Group subsidiary for a debottlenecking project at Nelson Point in Port Hedland, Western Australia, in a contract worth $100 million.

CPB Contractors will deliver a structural, mechanical, piping, electrical and instrumentation package at the Port Hedland, with works to begin this year and conclude in 2023.

As a major engineering-led construction, mining and services company, CIMIC has held a long and strong partnership with BHP in multiple contracts across multiple sites.

CIMIC Group executive chairman and chief executive officer Juan Santamaria said he was confident in this history as CPB tackles the debottlenecking.

“We’re pleased to be supporting BHP with this project. Our mining and resources experience and history in the Pilbara means we can collaborate on the project’s high standards of safety and quality,” Santamaria said.

Past CIMIC Group/BHP contracts have included Thiess’ $110 million mining services at BHP Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Caval Ridge coal operation, and UGL’s $180 million maintenance and shutdown services at BMA’s Queensland coal mines.

CPB Contractors was originally part of the Leighton Contractors group since 1949 before a merger with CIMIC in January 2016.

CPB Contractors managing director Jason Spears said the company could capably complete the task for BHP.

“This project builds on CPB Contractors’ substantial experience in delivering resources infrastructure,” Spears said.

“We are pleased to continue our long-term partnership with BHP, to deliver another important resources project in the Pilbara.”

In October, BHP also contracted Civmec to the debottlenecking project at Nelson Point with works including dewatering, piling, ground improvement, concrete foundations, new roads and high-voltage power works.

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