Rio Tinto has awarded an EPCM contract to Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) for the expansion of the Cape Lambert port facility in Pilbara, Western Australia.

The award is a part of Rio Tinto’s investments in expanding its iron ore infrastructure in the Pilbara region.

The new port facility at Cape Lambert Port B has an initial shipping capacity of 53 million tons per annum and will be expanded to allow an additional capacity of 50 million tons per annum.

The development will include construction of a tandem car dumper facility, a stockyard including two stackers and two bucket wheel reclaimers and a screenhouse.

Work will also include building a surge bin facility, a 1.4km access jetty and a double-sided iron ore wharf with two shipping berths and a shiploader.