NRW gains South Flank earthworks contract from BHP

20 July 2018 (Last Updated July 20th, 2018 12:55)

NRW has secured a A$176m ($129.85m) contract from BHP Iron Ore to undertake bulk earthworks and concrete works at the South Flank Precinct project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. 

NRW has secured a A$176m ($129.85m) contract from BHP Iron Ore to undertake bulk earthworks and concrete works at the South Flank Precinct project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The contract includes bulk earthworks and concrete for the Overland Conveyors and Primary Crushers, as well as ancillary works related to non-process infrastructure.

Under the contract, bulk earthworks being carried out by the company also include access tracks, clearing, pads and diversion drains. Other works and associated detailed earthworks involve the placement of around 14,000m³ of concrete.

The contract will begin on-site in September this year and is expected to run for 15 months.

At its peak, contract works will require more than 350 workers on-site. The company will use internally sourced fleet and hired equipment to perform the works.

“The South Flank project will fully replace production from the 80Mtpa Yandi mine, which is set to reach the end of its economic life by the mid-2020s.”

NRW CEO and managing director Jules Pemberton said: “The award of this contract is particularly pleasing given the long-standing association of NRW and BHP on resource projects and recognises NRW’s experience and capability in delivering projects in the Pilbara.

“The contract will also provide opportunities for employment and procurement for the areas traditional owners and local businesses.”

Located 120km north west of the town of Newman, the South Flank project will fully replace production from the 80Mtpa Yandi mine, which is set to reach the end of its economic life by the mid-2020s.

Last month, the BHP board gave approval for a $2.9bn capital expenditure for the project.

The company expects to achieve the first ore in 2021 and ramp-up production at a later stage.