BHP has upgraded and expanded its Mulla Mulla accommodation village in the Pilbara so it can house five times the number of occupants.
The $150 million village expansion included development of an extra 2000 rooms, as well as sports and recreational facilities to support the $US3.4 billion ($4.6 billion) South Flank project.
Mulla Mulla, which opened in 2003, initially housed 500 workers for BHP’s operations. It will now accommodate 2500 construction workers for South Flank.
BHP awarded a contract extension to Decmil Australia to expand the Mulla Mulla village last year, following a $13 million early works package and a $75 million stage one package at the site in 2017.
This latest upgrade sets a standard of camp living for BHP’s construction and operational workforce, according to the Western Australian Government.
“I’d like to congratulate BHP on the opening of this excellent new facility, which I’m sure the residents will enjoy,” Western Australian Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston said.
“Creating jobs is the McGowan Government’s number one priority and we are fully supportive of mining companies, such as BHP, that are generating jobs for Western Australians.”
The South Flank development will create 600 operational roles once production commences in 2021 on top of the construction jobs.
It involves the construction of an 80 million tonnes a year crushing and screening plant, overland conveyor system, stockyard and train loading facilities, mine development and pre-strip work.