BHP Western Australia Iron Ore - Major Projects

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WA Australia (Onshore)

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Raymond Loh
+61 8 9365 7499

Western Australia Iron Ore (WAIO) is an integrated system of four processing hubs and five iron ore mines connected by more than 1,000 kilometres of rail infrastructure linking to the port facilities in the Pilbara region of northern Western Australia.

WAIO’s Pilbara reserve base is relatively concentrated, allowing development to be planned around integrated mining hubs which are connected to the mines and satellite orebodies by conveyors or spur lines. This approach enables the value of installed infrastructure to be maximised by using the same processing plant and rail infrastructure for a number of orebodies.

At each processing hub – Newman, Yandi, Mining Area C and Jimblebar – the ore is crushed, beneficiated (where necessary) and blended to create high-grade hematite lump and fines products. Iron ore products are then transported along the Port Hedland–Newman Rail Line to the Finucane Island and Nelson Point port facilities at Port Hedland.

WAIO is in the process of studying options for the development of a number of sites adjacent to existing processing hubs under its Major Projects division, and is committed to providing full, fair and reasonable opportunity for Australian industry to supply key goods and services for the successful delivery of its major projects. At BHP we are committed to supporting the communities in which we operate, where we can, purchasing local goods and services through our supply chains. If you are interested in supplying key goods and services to our major projects, you can register your interest here and view our requirements for supplying to BHP by clicking here.

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BHP Western Australia Iron Ore (WAIO) is currently studying options for the Greenfield development of the Western Ridge site, adjacent to Mt Whaleback, West of Newman.

As part of the project, the Company is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from suitably qualified contractors to gain an understanding of the capacity and capability of available contractors for the proposed project.

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The Jimblebar Beneficiation Project proposes to integrate a deslime plant into the existing Jimblebar mining hub. The purpose of the project is to lift ore quality, reduce carbon emissions and maximise asset value.

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BHP Western Australia Iron Ore (WAIO) is currently studying options as part of the WAIO Growth Program, which aims to grow WAIO's iron ore production capacity to ~330 Mtpa.

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