BHP Billiton Iron Ore (BHPBIO) has awarded a $145m engineering procurement construction and commissioning contract to Sedgman Civmec joint venture (SCJV) to carry out works at its 100%-owned $3.2bn Jimblebar iron ore mine in Western Australia.

Under the contract, Sedgman will perform civil, structural, mechanical, piping, electrical and commissioning works and install a new primary crusher, as well as additional conveyor capacity at the mine located in the Pilbara region.

Sedgman chief executive officer and managing director Peter Watson said: "Sedgman and Civmec have an established track record in Western Australia of delivering metals process and materials handling projects in partnership over the last three years and we are excited to be able to broaden this relationship to the iron ore sector.

"The mine has the capacity to produce 14 million tonnes of iron ore a year through a two-stage crushing circuit."

"The award of this contract followed a competitive tender process and is testament to the design and safe delivery capability that SCJV was able to demonstrate to BHPBIO."

In April 2014, BHP Billiton officially opened the Jimblebar iron ore mine 40km east of Newman in the Pilbara region.

Initial production from the mine was delivered in the quarter ending September 2013.

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The mine is believed to be one of seven iron ore mines BHP Billiton operates in the Pilbara, and has the capacity to produce 14 million tonnes of iron ore a year through a two-stage crushing circuit.

Jimblebar also processes ore from the Wheelara deposit, which is jointly owned by BHP and various Chinese and Japanese companies.

The 50:50 joint venture between Sedgman and Civmec Construction & Engineering, SCJV targets mineral processing and materials handling project opportunities in Western Australia.