SCEE ramps up village security for BHP

Southern Cross Electrical Engineering (SCEE) Group has been chosen by BHP as a construction contractor for its Village Security project in Western Australia.

SCEE will receive $15 million for upgrades to access, lighting and monitoring systems across the major miner’s accommodation villages.

Stage one of the Village Security project is worth $100 million to BHP over a 24 month period to mid-2023. The overall project is worth $300 million.

In August, BHP’s report to the inquiry into sexual harassment against women in the FIFO (fly-in, fly-out) mining industry outlined its strong stance for stamping out sexual harassment in its workplaces and how it would achieve this.

“We have taken a range of steps to work towards eradicating sexual harassment from our workplaces,” BHP stated.

“Progress has been made, but there is still more work to be done on a number of fronts.

“We are committed to a process of continual improvement. As part of that, we monitor, assess and refine the approach we are taking.”

The outlined approach includes pillars of ‘coordination and integration’, ‘expert best practice review of controls’, ‘village security’, emergency response and trauma-informed (wellbeing) care and investigations’, and ‘systems improvement’.

It was not made clear by SCEE if the security enhancements related to the inquiry.

The works have already commenced and call for SCEE to work across multiple disciplines.

SCEE managing director Graeme Dunn said this contract asked a significant amount of the group and the scope of works really showed what the company was capable of.

“This project is a great example of the breadth of offering the group now presents to clients following our diversification strategy of recent years,” Dunn said.

The company has origins in electrical contracting but has diversified over the past six years to cater to commercial, infrastructure, defence, telecommunications, industrial, energy and utilities work – more broadly categorised as the infrastructure, commercial and resources sectors.

The resources sector remains the smallest of the three, with revenue for the 2021 financial year of $46.2 million, compared to more than $100 million in the former two sectors.

However, SCEE has been a part of some significant projects in the past few years.

This has included multiple contracts with Rio Tinto in November of 2021 and 2020, and major works to Albemarle’s Kemerton lithium plant in 2019.

The most recent of which involved works at the Tom Price Battery Energy Storage for Spinning Reserve (BESSR) facility in Western Australia.

On the BESSR contract, Dunn said it was important that SCEE was part of the transition away from heavy carbon emitting jobs.

“As the global energy sector transitions into cleaner fossil fuels and on into renewable energy sources and storage the SCEE Group is well positioned to support this conversion to take place,” Dunn said.

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