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CPB Contractors to build Australian-first dust control fences at Port Hedland

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CPB Contractors has been awarded a contract for construction of three wind fences for dust control at Port Hedland, which will see approximately 3,000 tonnes of structural steel fabricated.

The wind fences would be Australian first, BHP said in a statement on Thursday, and built at Nelson Point and Finucane Island. Construction would support 150 jobs, with up to 10 per cent indigenous employment.

BHP described the fences as designed for the Pilbara’s unique weather conditions, “rated specifically to withstand cyclones,” and with “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 in current operations and ensure no net increases in dust emissions should operations expand over time.”

BHP said it was investing up to $300 million over the next four years through its Pilbara Air Quality Program.

Andrew Giammo, CPB Contractors’ General Manager for WA, SA & NT  said, “Construction of the wind fences will involve the fabrication of 3,000 tonnes of structural steel – this work will be undertaken here in WA and will be a major boost to local industry.”

Civil engineering and construction company CPB is part of CIMIC Group, and was created through a merger of CIMIC, Leighton Contractors and Thiess Construction.

Picture: BHP

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