WestStar Industrial’s (WSI) engineering contractor subsidiary SIMPEC has secured a number of mining services contracts in Australia, including one from BHP.

SIMPEC won its first contract last November for construction work at Iluka Resources’ new mineral sands mine development at Cataby, 150km north of Perth in Western Australia.

Following the Iluka contract, the company has also been awarded further minor procurement and services works by BHP and MSP Engineering.

Under the deal, MSP Engineering has engaged SIMPEC to supply high-voltage and fibre-optic cables at the Talison Lithium Mine in Greenbushes, 90km south-east of the Port of Bunbury, Western Australia.

It is reported that at the Cataby Project, SIMPEC was engaged to fulfil a major mechanical, electrical and communications contract in the construction of accommodation facilities for use by Iluka and Tronox.

“Completion of its first few contracts will fast-track SIMPEC’s ambitions.”

In addition to completion of the project’s procurement phase, on-site installation has been started last month.

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According to WestStar, this phase is progressing extremely well with underground cabling at an advanced stage.

In this project, SIMPEC is working well with the contract principal grounded construction and is seeking to develop a mutually beneficial partnership.

WSI director Bert Mondello said: “SIMPEC is beginning to gain traction in the market. Completion of its first few contracts will fast-track SIMPEC’s ambitions. We expect that coming news flow will be pleasing to all WestStar stakeholders.”

In tandem, SIMPEC is actively tendering for projects throughout Australia, with in excess of $100m in tenders submitted in the December quarter, including acceptance of an EOI with a major commodities exporter.