Downer wins BHP iron ore contracts

Downer EDI has been awarded new electrical and instrumentation contracts for BHP's iron ore projects.

Dubbed the Newman HV Power System Augmentation project, it is part of the broader Jimblebar project and will increase iron ore production in Western Australia.

Worth more than $70 million, the contracts will see Downer responsible for both the greenfields and brownfields transmission line and substation works.

According to Downer its scope of works in clued the supply and installation of electrical power and control components for two new substations; modifications on existing substations and transmission lines and the upgrade of network control systems; and the installation of a new 132KV transmission line between the Newman and Jimblebar iron ore mines.

Early last year Thiess was awarded the contract to actually mine Jimblebar.

BHP president of iron ore, Ian Ashby, explained that "our intent with these projects is to develop port capacity that, with subsequent debottlenecking, will allow us to fill our 240 mtpa allocation in the Port Hedland inner harbour. We have intentionally overbuilt the ore handling facilities at Jimblebar and expect to incrementally grow mine production to ensure that our port and rail systems are operated at full capacity during this debottlenecking program".

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