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Major contracts announced for Port Hedland project

Two major contracts will allow Lumsden Point in Port Hedland to take shape in the coming months

The federal government has confirmed that a key milestone has been achieved on the Lumsden Point project in Port Hedland, with Pilbara Ports awarding two major contracts for the construction of the point.

Pilbara Ports has confirmed two companies have received contracts to construct Lumsden Point in the port of Port Hedland.

The first goes to Jan De Nul (Australia) for vital dredging and land reclamation works, while MGN Civil will be contracted to build the causeway for the port region.

“The Pilbara is the economic powerhouse of the nation, and the Lumsden Point project will ensure it remains that way well into the future,” WA ports minister David Michael says.

“This vital infrastructure will facilitate trade growth at the port and position Port Hedland at the forefront of future green industries.”

Jan De Nul will help create a new access channel in the port, allowing vessels to safely berth at Lumsden Point, as well as building a swing basin and berth pockets that are suitable to accommodate non-tidally restricted vessels.

Jan De Nul has begun mobilising the site to prepare for dredging, which is expected to begin in September.

MGN Civil’s causeway will help connect the new wharf to the proposed logistics hub area, with construction already underway after seawalls were completed in March.

Once completed Lumsden Point will facilitate the export of battery metals like lithium and copper concentrates, as well as the import of renewable energy infrastructure such as wind turbines and blades.

On top of this, the area will also help grow direct shipping services to the Pilbara region.

The ongoing projects have been made possible by $565 million of federal government funding for common user port upgrades in the Pilbara, with $450 million of this enabling the development of new multi-user facilities and berths at Lumsden Point.

In partnership with the WA government, who will contribute $96.6 million to the project, the governments are aiming to redefine the main Pilbara Port.

“This is the next great development in the upgrade of port facilities across the Pilbara,” federal transport minister Catherine King says.

“The federal government is delivering $565 million in common user port upgrades in the Pilbara to help unlock trade and investment opportunities and support a future made in Australia.

“This project is all about investment in good infrastructure that opens doors and opportunities for businesses and communities.”

WA Senator Glenn Sterle says the investment in expanding Lumsden Point will help position northern Australia to take advantage of ongoing economic opportunities.

“This project drives a real short-term employment and economic boost while delivering lasting infrastructure that will continue to benefit the region well into the future,” Sterle says.

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