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Pilbara Ports puts Lumsden Point on track

The Lumsden Point project in Western Australia is one step closer to completion as the Australian and WA Governments aim to boost trade in the Pilbara.

Pilbara Ports has awarded two major contracts for the construction of Lumsden Point in the port of Port Hedland, marking another significant milestone for the project.

Port Hedland is estimated to export half a billion tonnes of ore a year, opening up the Pilbara region to the rest of the world.

The first major contract is to Jan De Nul for dredging and land reclamation.

The contract will create a new access channel in the port to enable vessels to safely berth at Lumsden Point, a swing basin and berth pockets suitable to accommodate non-tidally restricted vessels.

Jan De Nul is currently mobilising to prepare for dredging, which is expected to begin September.

The second contract is to MGN Civil for the construction of the causeway, which will connect the new wharf to the proposed logistics hub area. Construction started in April.

“The Pilbara is the economic powerhouse of the nation, and the Lumsden Point project will ensure it remains that way well into the future,” WA Minister for Ports David Michael said.

“This vital infrastructure will facilitate trade growth at the port and position Port Hedland at the forefront of future green industries.”

The Australian Government is investing $565 million in common user port upgrades in the Pilbara, $450 million of which will enable the development of new multi-user facilities and berths at Lumsden Point.

“This is the next great development in the upgrade of port facilities across the Pilbara,” Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King said.

“This project is all about investment in good infrastructure that opens doors and opportunities for businesses and communities.”

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