NRW wins $176m South Flank earthworks contract for BHP, creating 350 jobs

NRW Holdings has won a $176 million earthworks contract on BHP’s South Flank iron ore project in the Pilbara.

NRW said more than 350 workers would be employed at the peak of the contract, which is expected to run for 15 months from September.

After emerging from a trading halt, the company’s stock was up 15¢, or 9.5 per cent, to $1.72 at 2.10 pm.

The job includes bulk earthworks and concrete for overland conveyors and primary crushers along with other work on non-process infrastructure.

NRW said about 14,000 cubic metres of concrete would be placed as part of the earthworks.

“The award of this contract is particularly pleasing given the long-standing association of NRW and BHP on resource projects and recognises NRW’s experience and capability in delivering projects in the Pilbara,” NRW managing director Jules Pemberton said.

He said it would provide opportunities for employment and procurement for the area’s traditional owners and local businesses”.

Civil and mining executive general manager Ric Buratto said: “The core project team is in place and key equipment is being made ready for early deployment to the project.”

Plant and equipment will come from internally-sourced fleet along with a range of hired equipment.

The $4.8 billion South Flank project about 120km north west of Newman has a target of 80 million tonnes per annum after production begins in 2021.

Peter Williams The West Australian

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 1:47PM

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