BHP Pilbara villages safety and accessibility upgrade complete

BHP says work is complete on its A$300 million ($200 million) investment to improve safety and accessibility for residents and guests at its Pilbara villages in Western Australia.

The accommodation safety and security upgrade project began in 2020 and was completed earlier this year by the WA Iron Ore Non-Process Infrastructure (NPI), Engineering and Asset Projects teams.

Kate Holling, WA Iron Ore NPI General Manager, said the initiative involved a significant amount of work by a big number of people, however the results were outstanding.

“In total, 10,756 rooms were upgraded across our 13 WAIO villages with more than 10,000 doors, 8,000 lights, 1,500 CCTV cameras and 4.75 km of fencing installed,” she said.

“The work was delivered using 100% Australian manufacturers and local contractors, including many Traditional Owner businesses.

“Safety continues to be our number one priority and I’m happy to see this work complete to make our villages feel safer and more accessible for everyone who visits them.”