Babylon powers up at BHP’s Mining Area C operation

Australia-listed Babylon Pump & Power is about to mobilise its power generation team to BHP’s Mining Area C iron ore operation in Western Australia after securing a contract through ADENCO Water Management & Civil Engineering.

Under the contract, Babylon will supply, install and maintain power generation equipment for the Surplus Water Pipeline project at Mining Area C. ADENCO was awarded a contract to supply all labour, plant, materials, transport, equipment, supervision and project management to complete the project and has contracted the power generation part out to Babylon.

Babylon’s work is due to start immediately, with commissioning scheduled for September.

The contract will run for a minimum term of 52 weeks and is expected to book Babylon some A$1.1 million in revenue in its 2019 financial year.

Babylon said: “The significant contract is an endorsement of the company’s strategy in positioning Babylon as a key provider of specialty equipment rental and resource equipment maintenance services.”

The scope of the Surplus Water Pipeline project, according to ADENCO (whose work is pictured above), includes the supply and site installation of the mechanical, electrical and civil works. The main components are:

  • 35km of HDPE pipe ranging from DN710 to DN315, with a significant proportion to be buried
  • Inpit and expit bore pumps, diesel generation sets and headworks, including two inpit, trailer-mounted dewatering units
  • Two new electrically-driven transfer pump stations and associated concrete/civil works
  • Two diesel-driven transfer pumps with solar powered control panels
  • Two large water storage tanks and associated concrete/civil works
  • A number of managed aquifer recharge bores with solar powered control panels
  • A range of HDPE and steel fittings and assemblies
  • All associated air release, isolation and non-return valves
  • Several detailed civil structures and below-ground works
  • All associated civil and concrete works, including land clearing, trenching, backfilling and compaction.

BHP is in the process of extending its Mining Area C through the development of the South Flank iron ore project.