Contracts are already being awarded for BHP’s South Flank iron ore project following today’s announcement the miner has approved development of the $4.5 billion mine in the Pilbara, Western Australia.
BHP has selected CIMIC’s CPB Contractors to deliver the construction of bulk earthworks, concrete and underground services for the development.
The $260 million construct-only contract will start next month and conclude in September 2020.
As reported in Australian Mining, the South flank project is a component of BHP’s strategy to increase the mining, processing and out-loading capacity at its Mining Area C hub.
CIMIC chief executive officer Michael Wright commented: “The South Flank development works will help ensure that the Mining Area C precinct becomes one of the largest standalone iron ore processing centres in the world, and it is our privilege to again be working with BHP to deliver high-quality assets of long-term value.”
CPB Contractors will undertake works in and around the existing rail loop as part of the South Flank project.
The contract scope includes: earthworks and concrete works to support the expansion and duplication of the existing rail loop and stockyard; earthworks and concrete works for the development of a new ore processing plant and train load-out facilities; and underground services, including electrical and water services, for the aforementioned work.
CPB Contractors managing director Juan Santamaria added, “we are focused on a procurement strategy that provides participation, employment and training opportunities for Indigenous enterprises and local businesses, towards broader community benefits.”