Primero secures South Flank contract for world’s largest balance machines

South Flank

The South Flank site. Image: BHP

Primero Group has bagged a contract from Thyssenkrupp for works on the balance machines that will be installed at BHP’s South Flank iron ore project in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

BHP awarded Thyssenkrupp a $250 million contract for the supply and installation of rail mounted stackers and reclaimers at South Flank in November last year.

Primero will pre-assemble two stackers and one off-reclaim machine at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, south of Perth. The machines will have a loading capacity of 20,000 tonnes per hour.

The contract will create up to 60 direct jobs and will be completed in the 2020 financial year.

Primero managing director Cameron Henry said the rail-mounted balance machines would be the largest to ever be installed anywhere globally.

“This contract award again demonstrates Primero’s growing reputation as a contractor of choice and provides further evidence of our diverse exposure to various commodities, geographies and clients,” Henry said.

Primero’s order book for the 2020 financial year has now reached $90 million with the contract. The works are equally split across minerals, energy and non-process infrastructure sectors.

“Our current committed order book for financial year 2020 represents another strong start to a new financial year, which is our second as an ASX-listed company,” Henry said.

“We continue to focus on concurrently driving growth and delivery excellence on multiple projects spanning Australia and globally.

“We are also seeing building potential for larger revenue and longer duration contracts presenting across multiple commodities and business areas.”

BHP approved the US$4.6 billion ($6.8 billion) South Flank project in June last year. The company recently completed the expansion of its accommodation village to support the operation.

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