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Nelson Point Expansion

In August 2011, Civmec was awarded the contract for the structural, mechanical and piping works including the supply and fabrication of components associated with the Nelson Point upgrade.

BHP Billiton’s principal iron ore operations are based in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The operation comprises a complex integrated system of seven inland mining operations, more than 1,000km of rail, stock yards and two separate port facilities located in Port Hedland. BHPBIO’s current port operations consist of processing, stockpiling and shiploading facilities at Nelson Point and Finucane Island. Civmec supported the upgrade and expansion of BHP Billiton’s Nelson Point port enabling increased handling capacity.

The scope of works includes the supply and fabrication of structural steel, conveyers, plate work, shuttles and transfer stations associated with the Nelson Point Upgrade. The project involved approximately 6,000 tonnes of steel work, plus supply grating, handrails, guards and liners. The shop modularisation and assembly of shuttles, transfer stations and various conveyer systems were undertaken at Civmec’s manufacturing facility in Henderson, Western Australia.

The following modules were fully fabricated, assembled and dispatched from Civmec’s waterfront manufacturing facility in Henderson, enabling BHP Billiton to achieve first ore 3 months ahead of schedule.

  • TS560 Transfer Station and Shuttle Truss feeds Ship loaders 5 & 6 at Nelson Point – modules had a combined weight of 320 tonne
  • P560 Conveyor
  • P564 Conveyor (fully clad at Civmec’s Henderson manufacturing facility)
  • P510 Conveyors and Shuttle Truss
  • LRP3 Lump Rescreening Plant (1000 tonnes of steel including chutes and structural steel)
  • P730 Conveyors and Shuttle Truss (135 tonnes fully assembled with chutes and launders)
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