TWO Portland firms have secured contracts to manufacture and transport a massive 250 tonne iron ore hopper toWestern Australia’s Pilbara region.
Keppel Prince Engineering gained the contract to manufacture the 4.5 metre deep bin which will be used at a BHP Billiton site at Port Hedland.
The contract is with infrastructure and mining sector group Downer.
Transport company Porthaul will transport the hopper in parts fromPortlandto Port Hedland on behalf of Keppel Prince.
Porthaul operations director James Williamson said it was hoped to start the transport task on November 1 and complete it by the end of the year.
He said the task would involve around 30 oversize loads fromPortlandto Port Hedland, with the journey across three states involving a fleet of 10 trucks and each journey taking 14 days return.
“Some of the loads will involve carrying parts six metres wide, and there will be police escorts and pilots used as part of the task,” he said.
“We will also be looking at sub-contracting to some of the local drivers who have been hard hit because of the demise of Gunns Limited.”
Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.