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A $52 million wharf upgrade to accommodate the expanded mines in Newman.

BHP Billiton Wharf Upgrade - PACE Marine Works

The increase in capacity of the expanded mines in Newman, Western Australia required a new wharf. The increase in supply was initially seven million tonnes, however with the new wharf this increased to a capacity of 100 million tonnes.

The wharf was the last stage of transportation infrastructure for the exportation of iron ore from Newman. Prior to its arrival at the wharf, the iron ore travels along the ‘PACE’ (Product and Capacity Expansion) project rail line from inland Western Australia.

The scope of the project included the construction of 375-metre long, piled iron ore berth, nine berthing dolphins, 108-metre approach jetty and 58 x 38-metre transfer platforms and associated conveyors.

  • Customer
    BHP Billiton
  • Location
    Port Headland, Western Australia
  • Specialisation
    Ports & marine
  • Start
    September 2002
  • End
    January 2004
The works were completed on time, ready for BHP Billiton’s first shipment of ore in late January of 2004.
Despite initial difficulties, our team made modifications to their methodology and improved their productivity to deliver on time.


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