Civmec has secured a $48 million fabrication and assembly contract at BHP’s South Flank iron ore project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
The contractor will immediately launch work by assembling 23 smart modules at a facility in Henderson, which will then be transported to South Flank for onsite installation.
These modules include conveyor shuttles, sample stations, pump skids and train loadout and feeder modules. The contract is expected to be complete by mid-2020.
Civmec chief executive officer Patrick Tallon said, “The award of this scope of work complements the packages already in production for ThyssenKrupp, in the supply, manufacture, trial assembly, surface treatment and pre-assembly of stackers, bogies and equalisers for the rail mounted machines for the South Flank project.”
This modular approach to design keeps with BHP’s future-proofing aims for South Flank, which also include the incorporation of automation (the company introduced its first autonomous drill to the South Flank fleet in December) and digitisation.
With a $US3.4 billion ($4.7 billion) budget, South Flank is one of the most expensive mines being developed in Australia.
Rio Tinto’s Koodaideri iron ore project, another major iron ore project currently being developed in Western Australia, is budgeted at around $3.5 billion.
South Flank will replace the Yandi mine as BHP’s premier iron ore operation once it is operational.
BHP’s other recent contracts awards at South Flank include a $108 million construction contract with Monadelphous, involving works on South Flank’s outflow systems, and a contract of undetermined value with Clough to construct the site’s ore handling plant.
These two contracts are expected to bring around 700 jobs to South Flank.