BHP Billiton Iron Ore has awarded a $166m contract to Thiess to provide bulk earth works and selected infrastructure for the Jimblebar mine in Western Australia.

Under the contract, Thiess will provide bulk earthworks, drainage and civil structures, road works and buried services to the Jimblebar mine.

The Jimblebar iron ore mine is located 41km east of Newman in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Work under the new contract is expected to be complete by end of July 2012.

Thiess’s Western Australia / Northern Territory general manager Ric Buratto said the work will begin soon.

“Thiess is building on the success of its past contracts and we are well positioned for future civil work contracts in the region,” he said.