CIMIC Group’s CPB Contractors has been selected by BHP to deliver its Wind Fences Project; with fences to be constructed at Nelson Point and Finucane Island at Port Hedland, in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.
The project involves the construction and installation of dust mitigation fences, which aim to improve environmental outcomes through dust abatement for the Port Hedland area. The contract will generate revenue of approximately $130 million to CPB Contractors.
The fences will include mesh panels designed to reduce wind speeds, shielding BHP’s stockpiles and reducing the potential for dust lift-off. The fences will abate dust emissions and prevent net increases over time.
The 30 metre high fences, which span a length of two kilometres, will be fabricated and built in Western Australia, are designed to control dust from BHP’s port operations and will be the first of their kind in Australia.
Construction of the wind fences is expected to start in August 2022 and take 14 months to complete. Up to 150 employees will be involved in the construction of the project, with up to 10 per cent Indigenous employment.
BHP Port General Manager, Cindy Dunham said the project formed part of BHP’s commitment to improving dust control measures.
“We look forward to working with CPB Contractors on this exciting project, which will help control dust emissions in Port Hedland while also continuing to provide jobs and economic opportunity for the region,” Dunham said.
CIMIC Group Executive Chairman Juan Santamaria said the company was pleased to be supporting BHP with the project.
“The fences are the first of their kind in Australia, designed for the Pilbara’s extreme weather conditions to improve air quality in the area by reducing wind speeds and the potential for dust lift-off,” Santamaria said.