Whittens Group awarded contracts with Pilbara Minerals and Roy Hill

Perth-based civil construction company Whittens Group has secured three new contracts with major WA mining companies, Pilbara Minerals and Roy Hill for a combined value of $40m.  

Pilbara Minerals awarded Whittens a $20 million contract last month at their Pilgangoora operations, located 120km south of Port Hedland. 

The Pilgangoora Processing Facility Expansion Project (P1000) aims to enable increased production from the existing lithium processing plants. 

Whittens, a family-owned business with ventures in WA, QLD and NSW, will deliver construction and installation of concrete works and detailed earthworks for several structures required to support the larger operation. 

The scope involves the supply and installation of 6,900m3 concrete, conduit and other cast-in items. The detailed earthworks include excavation, trenching and backfilling to facilitate the concrete works and buried services. Whittens will be responsible for all required temporary works and cranage. Other scope items included are the supply and installation of underground and above ground services such as fire water, cooling water, earthing and high voltage, fire hydrants and bollards. 

The works are being delivered at Pilgangoora operations alongside other contractors on site. Whittens will progressively deliver and hand over separate portions to the client to enable the structural, mechanical, and piping works to commence. 

Roy Hill’s Ginbata Airport Apron Expansion has recently commenced, with the addition of a third apron for aircraft to refuel, load and unload passengers. Whittens has been engaged under a $7 million contract to complete construction of the new pavement. 

The project will also include detailed earthworks, drainage, relocation of existing infrastructure, lighting and electrical connections. 

Ginbata Airport is located near Roy Hill’s mine site, approximately 90 kilometres north-north-east of Newman. The expansion will enable Roy Hill and Hancock Prospecting to run additional services during peak periods, with expected completion in early 2024. 

Whittens will also complete a $12 million contract with Roy Hill as part of their Mine Site Access (MSA) Workshop Expansion to service increased production from the Roy Hill Mine.  

The awarded work involves construction of concrete extension slabs, including footings and foundation pads for ancillary buildings. Construction of the slabs will include cast-in rails, bollards and pits. Other activities include the construction of a new drive-in sump and adjacent trench drains and demolition of redundant concrete slabs.  

The upgrade works will occur while the existing workshop is still in use by Mining Services, making the management of interface critical. 

Both contracts awarded to Whittens will support the continuous growth of the Roy Hill’s operations in the region. 

“We are deeply grateful for the trust our clients place in us to successfully deliver these pivotal projects.” CEO Louise Whitten said

Pictured: Clayton Whitten, Executive Director and Louise Whitten, Chief Executive Officer