BHP Billiton has unveiled its Newman mining hub at its iron ore operations in the Eastern Pilbara, Australia.
The hub will be BHP’s core of mining, crushing and screening work in Western Australia.
BHP’s Mt Whaleback iron ore operation will process ore at the facility instead of in Port Hedland before shipment.
The hub will also be an important element of BHP’s rapid growth project 4, which will raise annual installed capacity to 155 million tonnes.
The project’s extra capacity will be ramped up next year.
BHP Billiton iron ore president Ian Ashby said that the further amalgamation of the mine, rail and port facilities will enable more efficient production across Western Australia.
“We are pleased that the community of Port Hedland will also benefit through significantly reduced dust emissions as we move some of our key production processes inland to the Newman mining hub,” Ashby said.