Primero Group has secured a contract from Thyssen Krupp for pre-assembly works on the balance machines that will be installed at BHP’s $4.6bn South Flank iron ore project.

In November last year, BHP awarded the contract to Thyssen Krupp for the supply and installation of the balance machines.

The rail-mounted stacker/reclaim machines are part of BHP’s South Flank iron ore project located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Under the terms of the contract, Primero will pre-assemble two stackers and one off-reclaim machine at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, south of Perth.

The balance machines have a loading capacity of 20,000t per hour.

The contract is ready to commence with immediate effect and is anticipated for completion in the current financial year.

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It will enable the company’s Non-Process Infrastructure division to generate up to 60 direct positions locally during the contract period.

Primero Group managing director Cameron Henry said: “We are pleased to be undertaking this landmark project on behalf of Tier 1 companies such as BHP and Thyssen Krupp. These will be the largest rail-mounted balance machines 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.

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

In March, Primero Group received an early contractor involvement (ECI) contract from Critical Elements for the Rose Lithium-Tantalum project in Northern Quebec, Canada.